U.S. Health Department Data Servers Hacked

Servers of Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) in State of Montana has been breached, said in press release by State officials.

State official have notified 1.3 million people about the data breach and offering free credit monitoring and identity protection insurance to potentially affected individuals.

Montana Health Department Data Servers Hacked!

Server included demographic information, such as names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers, health assessments, diagnoses, treatment, health condition, prescriptions, and insurance.

DPHHS news notification;

DPHHS clients are being notified because information on the server included demographic information, such as names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers. The server may also have included information regarding DPHHS services clients applied for and/or received. Client information may include information related to health assessments, diagnoses, treatment, health condition, prescriptions, and insurance. The information held on the server each client is different. This incident should not impact DPHHS services as none of the information contained on the server was lost and we have a complete back-up of the information.

According to State of Montana Chief Information Officer Ron Baldwin, the state upgraded its property insurance policy in 2013 to include cyber/data security coverage for incidents such as this one. The policy provides coverage of up to $2 million to cover costs associated with the toll-free Help Line, mailing notification letters, free credit monitoring and other services. State officials expect the majority of costs associated with this incident to be covered by insurance.