Onix Group, a Pennsylvania-based real estate development firm and provider of business management and consulting services, is being sued for failing to prevent a ransomware attack in which the hackers stole the protected health information of 320,000 individuals.
The ransomware attack was detected by Onix Group on March 27. The forensic investigation confirmed that hackers had access to its internal network between March 20 and March 27, 2023, during which time they exfiltrated files that contained employee, affiliate, and client information. The breached information included names, dates of birth, clinical information, and the Social Security numbers of patients of its healthcare clients, and the health plan enrollment and direct deposit information of employees. Healthcare clients affected by the breach included Addiction Recovery Systems, Cadia Healthcare, and Physicians Mobile X-Ray.
The lawsuit, Eric Meyers v. Onix Group LLC, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and alleges negligence, negligence per se, breach of implied contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and unjust enrichment. The lawsuit claims Onix group had a legal obligation to implement reasonable and appropriate safeguards to ensure the confidentiality of the data it stored, but instead stored that information in a vulnerable and dangerous condition, then unnecessarily delayed notifications to affected individuals for two months. While Onix Group offered affected individuals 12 months of complimentary credit monitoring services, the lawsuit claims the offer is wholly inadequate, as the plaintiff and class members face a lifelong risk of identity theft and fraud as a result of the theft of their sensitive data.
The lawsuit seeks class action status, a jury trial, damages, and injunctive relief, including an order from the court prohibiting Onix Group from engaging in wrongful and unlawful acts and requiring it to implement adequate cybersecurity measures. Those measures include the development, implementation, and maintenance of a comprehensive information security program, data encryption, third-party security audits and penetration tests, further information security training for all employees including tests of their security knowledge, updates to its data retention policies, and for the company to stop storing personally identifiable information and protected health information in cloud databases.
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The plaintiff and class members are represented by Milberg Coleman Bryson Phillips Grossman, PLLC; Chestnut Cambronne, PA; and Sanford Law Firm, PLLC.