PA: Malware program found in senior-living center's computer (updated)
Thousands of current and former senior-living residents’ personal information could be in jeopardy after a hacker’s malware program was found on their computer.
Officials of Lutheran Social Services of South Central Pennsylvania, which has four senior-citizen centers in York, say the malware was found Tuesday and they contacted everyone who could be involved.
A spokeswoman for the company says, at this point, there is no evidence that anyone’s Social Security numbers, Medicare numbers, health insurance numbers and other information were stolen.
Read more on WGAL.
There is no statement on LSS’s web site as of the time of this posting, but I noticed that in March, they alerted people of what might have been a phishing attempt using phone spoofing. It leaves me wondering whether the malware insertion was part of a more concerted plan to steal residents’ info for new account fraud or tax refund fraud.
Update: Christina Kauffman of York Dispatch provides additional details on this incident, including that 7,300 people are affected. Kauffman also reports, “There’s no evidence that information about the senior residents living at its facilities was accessed, but there’s also no evidence that it wasn’t.” Hopefully, the residents or their family helpers will check credit reports and take steps to protect themselves.