A breach of Medicaid and CHIP data in Utah is much larger than previously believed, affecting 181,604 recipients, the state Department of Health has announced.
About 25,096 individuals had their Social Security numbers compromised. These individuals will receive one year of free credit monitoring services.
The health department on April 4 said it believed a server in the Department of Technology Services containing data from approximately 24,000 Medicaid claims was hacked. Now, it says hackers did not remove 24,000 claims, but 24,000 files, each of which can potentially contain claims information on hundreds of individuals.
“DTS servers have multi-layered security systems that include many controls, including perimeter security, network security, identity management, application security and data security,” according to an updated statement released on April 6. “In this particular incident, a configuration error occurred at the authentication level, allowing the hacker to circumvent the security system. DTS has processes in place to ensure the state’s data is secured, but this particular server was not configured according to normal procedure.”
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