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IFHS Investigates Cybersecurity Breach Of Clinic's Computer System

Laura Kraegel

Unalaska’s clinic is investigating a security breach of its computer system.

The ransomware attack happened in August, according to James Kaech, executive director of Iliuliuk Family and Health Services.

He said the clinic’s access to its computer system was temporarily blocked, but it seems no information was stolen.

“Currently, it doesn’t look like there was any HIPAA breach," said Kaech. "It was just a system breach.”

Patients’ medical information is protected under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). That’s why the clinic has hired cybersecurity company Beazley to investigate and confirm the system is safe.

Kaech said a HIPAA attorney is also reviewing their findings.

“We’re hoping that in two to three weeks, we’ll have the final report," he said.

Those final findings will be made public.  

Laura Kraegel reported for KUCB from 2016 until 2020. She was KUCB's news director starting in 2019. We are proud to have her back in the spring of 2023 filling in as an interim reporter for KUCB.
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