Quest Diagnostics has now joined the ranks of Marriott, Equifax, Anthem, Home Depot, Yahoo!, and Target – companies that will forever be tarnished by the stigma of a major data breach. On Monday, June 3, Quest Diagnostics reported that it had recently been breached, resulting in the possible compromise of approximately 12 million patients' personal information, including Social Security numbers and credit card information. Adding insult to injury (as well as serious financial and brand damage), it wasn't even Quest's systems that were breached! Quest contracts some of its billing services to American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) and it was AMCA's systems that were actually breached. But it's unlikely that AMCA will get its 15 minutes of infamy – this incident will forever be known and reported as the "Quest Diagnostics data breach", much like the 2013 Target Data Breach isn't known as the "HVAC Maintenance Data Breach".


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