Were you part of the suspected NBEO security breach last year?
Many students and doctors of optometry had their personal information stolen and used to apply for credit and debit cards, most notably, an Amazon card through Chase Bank.
While many suspected NBEO to be the culprit, NBEO denied a breach to their systems. A court ruled that a class-action lawsuit to be thrown out in the district court due to only speculative information; however, recently, a federal appeals court has allowed the lawsuit to proceed.
"The profession deserves to know as promptly as possible the sources and extent of the breach, and the remedy offered by the compromised party," said AOA Immediate Past President Christopher J. Quinn, O.D. "This has been our message from day one to law enforcement and federal agencies, as well as to any individual or any organization with knowledge of what occurred." - The AOA release this article which summarizes the lawsuit.
It will be interesting to see how this ruling proceeds as NBEO is still in complete denial that they had anything to do with the stolen personal information of thousands of optometrists and students. We will keep you updated when we hear any new information!