MURFREESBORO, TENN. (MAY 2, 2023) – On April 22, 2023, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic & SurgiCenter (“MMC”) was the victim of a sophisticated criminal cyberattack. In response, they rapidly initiated an emergency shut down of their network to limit the spread of the attack within our systems and those of our technology partners. The clinic has been working with law enforcement agencies and third-party experts to identify the source and scope of the attack in order to restore normal clinic operations. They say their first priority was to contain the incident and protect their patients and employees.
“In conjunction with law enforcement, we continue to investigate the incident while also taking action on our infrastructure to, hopefully, prevent any further attacks. With the quick detection by our technology experts, we believe we have been able to limit the impact of this criminal attack. We are currently in the process of restoring our systems safely with enhanced security features and controls.”
Joey Peay, CEO of MMC, states: “Preserving sensitive patient and employee information is of the utmost importance to MMC, but like so many other organizations around the country and despite its best efforts, MMC has found itself as the target of criminals attempting to steal personal or company data. I want to thank our patients and employees for their understanding and patience while we work to make sure our computer infrastructure is secure and free of any harmful software.”
Future updates regarding clinic operations will be posted to their website, social media platforms, and through emails and phone calls directly to patients. “We apologize for the vagueness of our recent communications, but we did not want to do anything that would impede law enforcement’s investigative efforts.”
“While we have not confirmed that any specific patient, employee, or corporate data was accessed or removed from our network, patients and employees of MMC are encouraged to monitor their personal data for any misuse. Personal data could include names, enrollment information such as group name, identification number, claims or treatment information such as claim numbers, dates of service, procedures, prescription information, dates of birth, email addresses, phone numbers, driver’s license numbers, and, in some cases, social security numbers. Please note that MMC does not store credit card or bank account information within its network.”
“For over 70 years, MMC has been dedicated to caring for our community. We have faced countless challenges over the years including natural disasters, a world-wide pandemic, and now, a highly sophisticated cyberattack. With your continued support, we will overcome this criminal attack on MMC as we continue our commitment to the health of our community.”