Mon­tana no­ti­fy­ing 1.3 mil­lion of pos­si­ble records hack­ing

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS -

Mon­tana of­fi­cials said last week that they are no­ti­fy­ing 1.3 mil­lion peo­ple that their per­sonal in­for­ma­tion could have been ac­cessed by hack­ers who broke into a state health depart­ment com­puter server.

The let­ters are go­ing to in­di­vid­u­als whose in­for­ma­tion and records were on the server. There is no ev­i­dence so far that any in­for­ma­tion was stolen, of­fi­cials said.

Mal­ware was dis­cov­ered on the health agency’s server May 22 af­ter in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy em­ploy­ees noted sus­pi­cious server ac­tiv­ity this month, Mon­tana Chief In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Ron Bald­win said. The server con­tains names, ad­dresses, birth­dates, So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers and med­i­cal records re­lated to health as­sess­ments, di­ag­noses, treat­ment, pre­scrip­tions and in­surance.

Only about 1 mil­lion peo­ple live in Mon­tana. The no­ti­fi­ca­tions are go­ing to res­i­dents, peo­ple who no longer live in Mon­tana, and the es­tates of those who have died.

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