Daniel Bendetowicz, MD, PA Notifies Patients of Ransomware Attack 

FORT MYERS, FL – April 24, 2020 – Daniel Bendetowicz, MD, PA was the victim of a ransomware attack that resulted in our patients’ protected health information being encrypted. We restored the health records from backup hard drives and did not pay the ransom. Although there is no indication that any information was accessed, in an abundance of caution, we have taken steps to notify all individuals and to provide resources to assist them.

On March 25, 2020, we suffered a ransomware attack on its computer systems. We identified the attack almost immediately and were able to restore its systems from secure backup hard drives. Although ransomware attacks do not typically access personal information, in an abundance of caution, we are letting individuals know that their health records were encrypted. Those health records include patients’ names, addresses, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, medical insurance and related health information.

We take the security of customer information seriously and have taken measures to reduce the likelihood of a future cyber-attack, including increasing our defenses against these rampant attacks

We mailed letters to individuals potentially impacted by this incident which includes information about the incident and steps customers can take to monitor and protect their personal information. We have also established a toll-free call center to answer questions about the incident and related concerns. The call center is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Central Time and can be reached at 1-844-973-2465. In addition, out of an abundance of caution, we are offering identity theft protection services through Kroll to individuals at no cost.

We take the protection of our patients’ information seriously and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this incident may cause.

The following information is provided to help individuals wanting more information on steps they can take to protect themselves:

How do I obtain a copy of my credit report?

You can obtain a copy of your credit report, free of charge, directly from each of the three nationwide credit reporting agencies. To order your credit report, free of charge once every 12 months, please visit www.annualcreditreport.com or call toll free at 1-877-322-8228. Contact information for the three nationwide credit reporting agencies is included in the e-mail and letter, and is also listed at the bottom of this page.

How do I put a fraud alert on my account?

You may consider placing a fraud alert on your credit report. This fraud alert statement informs creditors to possible fraudulent activity within your report and requests that your creditor contact you prior to establishing any accounts in your name. To place a fraud alert on your credit report, contact Equifax, Experian or TransUnion and follow the Fraud Victims instructions. To place a fraud alert on your credit accounts, contact your financial institution or credit provider.  Contact information for the three nationwide credit reporting agencies is included in the letter and is also listed at the bottom of this page.

Contact information for the three nationwide credit reporting agencies is as follows:

Equifax Security Freeze
PO Box 105788
Atlanta, GA 30348-5788
1-800-525-6285
www.equifax.com/personal/credit-report-services/
Experian Security Freeze
PO Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013-9544
1-888-397-3742
www.experian.com/freeze/center.html
TransUnion (FVAD)
PO Box 2000
Chester, PA 19014-0200
1-800-680-7289
www.transunion.com/credit-freeze