WHICH We would like to thank NueMd.com for providing us with the link to the important information titled, "HIPPA, WE HAVE A PROBLEM!"
THIS IS AN OFFICIAL HIPPA DATA BREACH NOTIFICATION:
I, Bet Shaddinger, am the sole owner of The Recovery Institute of the South East, P.A. since 4/4/2016. Our business WAS located at 700 E. Atlantic Blvd. Suite 200 in Pompano Beach, Fl. 33060. I need to inform the public that it has been confirmed that I have have been victimized by both personal and professional identity theft mainly through cyberstalking and cybercrime related issues. Unfortunately, this crime does not just impact me, but it potentially impacts any past, current, or even potential clients who attempted to contact me professionally through a number of compromised accounts. Please know that I am publicly acknowledging this for the sole purpose of taking responsibility and helping to identify any other potential Victims of this Data Breach that were potentially victimized through my personal and professional accounts that have been compromised.
This notification is a public announcement and acknowledgment of a DATA BREACH that includes PERSONAL HEALTH INFORMATION. We received confirmation that there was a DATA BREACH on 10/18/17 when we were notified by The Office of Civil Rights that the complaint WE filed was a violation of the HIPPA Privacy/Security Rule.
Upon receiving confirmation of this DATA Breach, RISE has taken the steps listed below. Due to the unique circumstances of this Data Breach it is essential we notify the public so that any potential victims can contact us as we are happy to help any impacted individuals take the steps they need to in order to protect themselves from potential harm.
Contact us by phone at: 1-800-723-9788 ext. 1 at this toll free number for any questions or inquiries.
WE ARE HAPPY TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE ARE WRAPPING UP OUR INVESTIGATION AND AWAITING THE FINALIZED ANALYSIS OF THE DEVICES FROM AN IT COMPANY WE HIRED TO HAVE OUR DEVICES CHECKED FOR PHI THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN OBTAINED FROM THE CYBER RELATED CRIMES AND IDENTITY THEFT THAT WAS TARGETING ME (THE OWNER BET SHADDINGER).
WE WILL MAKE A FULL ANNOUNCEMENT ONCE FINALIZING THE INVESTIGATION WHICH SHOULD BE WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK OR TWO.
UPDATE; With the Data Breach Investigation wrapping up, it seems at this time that the information taken from the Cyber-Related Crimes targeting me (Bet Shaddinger, sole owner), my businesses, and my account information, was used to commit personal and professional identity fraud targeting my personal and professional accounts for either fraud or cyberstalking related issues. This determination was made after contacting,closing, and/or changing each compromised account, obtaining new and secure devices, receiving additional training for Cyber Security and HIPPA compliant training specializing in securing PHI on devices and accounts that have any potentially confidential information that would compromise the confidential and privacy of our client's information, and updating our policies and procedures for both staff and clients to ensure that our clients safety and privacy is our first priority. Additionally, after several different forensic and IT evaluations of the devices and accounts compromised, they determined there was no evidence to support that these cyber-related crimes had access to or obtained any PHI from our past and current clients. Since we have no way to tell at this time if potential clients contacting RISE for services have been victimized, we feel it is important to keep this on our blog page and will be included in a summary in our first upcoming newsletter. Sign up for our email list today to get a copy sent to your email with this information and other relevant information about our services, community resources, community issues and struggles, as well as informational and educational information to better your mental health and wellness.
The next blog post will be a complete list of the accounts compromised in case you or someone you know attempted to contact our staff and were redirected to someone using our information for unknown reasons. Please contact us on our 1-800-723-9788 phone number for any questions you may have regarding this or the following blog post.
Lastly, I wanted to thank our amazing clients who supported us during this difficult time as we transitioned relocated to ensure a safer, new and improved business, that can better meet the needs of our clients.