May 28, 2013

HITRUST wants to make you aware of a recent cyber attack and media comments relating to a HITRUST web server.

HITRUST had a non-critical, standalone public web server compromised by an SQL injection that resulted in some test data being leaked. The media article accurately claims that 111 records, including some real names, companies, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses, as well as six encrypted passwords, were taken and compromised. The database in question was a test database that was populated with information from rosters previously made public from planning meetings held during 2008, in addition to some fictitious data created by our developers. The user names and passwords mentioned were available only in the test database. The server did not contain any personal health or other sensitive information.

We sincerely regret any inconvenience this has created and take data security very seriously. It is our mission to protect information and do so in a manner that is appropriate and practical given the risks. We had not deemed this particular web server and test data to require higher assurances. We have updated our policies both to non-critical, non-sensitive web servers and our test environments and will secure our test environments and public general information websites to a higher assurance level. The server in question has been addressed and test information deleted. None of our other servers or data centers were involved in this event.

HITRUST does maintain its operations in compliance with the CSF and utilizes CSF Certified environments.

Please rest assured that this matter is of the upmost importance to us and we will be happy to discuss any questions with you.