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Consumer Alert: Lowey Dannenberg, P.C. Investigates Empress Emergency Medical Services for Data Breach of Over 318,000 Patients

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 5:00 PM

NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / September 27, 2022 / Lowey Dannenberg P.C., a preeminent law firm in obtaining redress for consumers, is investigating claims for violations of the common law, and state consumer protection statutes by Empress Emergency Medical Services ("Empress EMS"), as a result of a ransomware data breach compromising 318,558 patient records containing highly sensitive protected health information, including Social Security numbers.

If you are a Empress EMS employee or patient, received a notice letter, wish to participate, learn more, or discuss the issues surrounding the investigation, please CLICK HERE, or please contact one of our attorneys at (914) 733-7220, or via email at [email protected].

What Happened and What Information Was Involved:

Empress EMS, based in Yonkers, NY, provides 911 emergency medical response transportation to Westchester County communities, including Yonkers, New Rochelle, Mount Vernon, and White Plains.

On September 20, 2022, Empress EMS publicly announced that on July 14, 2022, it identified a network cybersecurity incident resulting in the encryption of some of their systems. Third-party news reports have also indicated that the "Hive" ransomware group was involved in this ransomware attack. "Hive" has purportedly claimed the exfiltrated data included patient as well as employee information.

Empress EMS has informed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that approximately 318,558 individuals are affected by this data breach. According to Empress EMS, their investigation determined that an unauthorized party first gained access to their network on May 26, 2022, and then copied a subset of files on July 13, 2022. These files contained the following electronic protected health information:

  • patient names,
  • dates of service,
  • insurance information, and
  • in some instances, Social Security numbers.

About Lowey Dannenberg

Lowey Dannenberg is a national firm representing consumers in the wake of data breaches. The firm has significant experience in prosecuting multi-million-dollar lawsuits and has recovered billions of dollars on behalf of its clients.


Lowey Dannenberg P.C.
44 South Broadway, Suite 1100
White Plains, NY 10601
Tel: (914) 733-7220
Email: [email protected]

SOURCE: Lowey Dannenberg

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