Howard University College of Dentistry Announces Update to Ransomware Cyberattack

The Howard University College of Dentistry has experienced a security incident that may have impacted patient dental records. 

On September 3, 2021, the University experienced a ransomware attack. Upon learning of the attack, Howard promptly opened an investigation, disclosed to the public that the University was a victim of a cybercrime and retained a nationally recognized forensic firm to assist, as we insulated our IT environment to avoid any further threat from the cybercriminal. On September 24, 2021, Howard determined that a system containing patient dental records was affected by the ransomware cyberattack. 

As it relates to dental records, there is no evidence that the attacker viewed or accessed any patient’s dental records. Though there is no evidence that any patient’s dental records were viewed or accessed by the attacker; such records were made inaccessible via an encryption and information about certain dental visits dating between October 5, 2019 and September 3, 2021 may not be available. Information in the affected system may have included names, dates of birth, contact information, dental record numbers, health insurance numbers, dental history information, and a limited number of social security numbers. No credit card or banking information was involved.

As good and general practice, it is recommended that patients regularly monitor their account statements for any irregularities. 

The Howard University College of Dentistry takes seriously its responsibility to safeguard patient personal information and remains committed to protecting patient privacy and security.  The Howard University College of Dentistry has further enhanced its cybersecurity measures to help ensure this does not happen in the future.  Patients with questions about this situation should not hesitate to contact the dedicated assistance line at 1-833-978-2826 from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday (excluding major U.S. holidays).

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Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 14 schools and colleges. Students pursue more than 140 programs of study leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. For more information on Howard University visit www.howard.edu.  
 
 
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