FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks billing company reported Tuesday that personal information of more than 500 clients may have been illegally obtained through a breach of the business's computer system.

Golden Heart Administrative Professionals, which provides billing services for Alaska health care providers and other businesses, stated in an email to the Daily News-Miner that the incident was reported to federal and local law enforcement agencies upon discovery.

It was not immediately known when the company discovered the breach.

The company stated that the breach occurred through the placement of "ransomware" on the computer server holding the client information.

"All client patient information must assume to be compromised," the company statement reads. "As of this time of this press release, GHAP has not been made aware of any misuse of client patient information."

Anyone with questions about the incident can call the company at 1-833-459-8200, send an email to admin@ghmb.net or go to the company's office, located at 909 Cushman St., Suite 206.

The company recommends that patients monitor their credit reports and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.

The incident is the second data breach to be reported in recent days.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported Thursday that it had a security breach of a Division of Public Assistance computer in late April. That incident, according to the agency, may have resulted in the unauthorized disclosure of personal information of more than 500 people who interacted with the division's northern region office.

The computer had been infected with a Zeus/Zbot Trojan virus. The computer accessed sites in Russia, had unauthorized software installed, and other suspicious computer behavior that provided strong indications of a computer infection, according to a news release from the state.

"The computer had documents including information on pregnancy status, death status, incarceration status, Medicaid/Medicare billing codes, criminal justice, health billing, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers, first and last names, birthdates, phone numbers, and other confidential data," the news release stated. "Hackers may have used the infected computer to steal data."

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