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Montana health department breach affects as many as 1.3 million

HIM-HIPAA Insider, July 14, 2014

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Hackers recently gained unauthorized access to a computer server at the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS), according to a statement released by the department.

Department officials began an investigation May 15 after detecting suspicious server activity. Investigators determined May 22 that hackers accessed a Montana DPHHS computer and gained access to client data including names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers. Information about services the clients received or applied for may have been accessed as well. The Montana DPHHS shut down the server upon discovering the breach. The department notified affected individuals July 3, but does not believe anyone inappropriately used or accessed the data, according to the statement.
Several news outlets, including Reuters, reported that the hackers may have gained access to the personal information of 1.3 million individuals.
This article originally appeared on HCPro’s HIPAA Update blog. Stay up to date on all things HIPAA by signing up for e-mail updates from this blog.

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