NEWS - April 09, 2012
by Carol~ - 4/9/12 9:38 AM
Medicaid hacked: over 181,000 records and 25,000 SSNs stolen
"The Utah Department of Health has been hacked. 181,604 Medicaid/CHIP recipients have had their personal information stolen. 25,096 have had their Social Security numbers (SSNs) compromised."
The Utah Department of Technology Services (DTS) notified the Utah Department of Health (UDOH) on Monday the server that houses Medicaid claims was hacked. On Wednesday, the UDOH publicly announced the breach. On Friday, DTS revealed the damage: 181,604 Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) recipients had their personal information stolen. Of those, 25,096 appear had their Social Security numbers (SSNs) compromised.
The agency is cooperating with law enforcement in a criminal investigation. The hackers, who are believed to be located in Eastern Europe, breached the server in question on March 30, 2012.
On Wednesday, the DTS said information was accessed from approximately 24,000 claims. It turned out the hackers had made off with 24,000 files, and one single file can potentially contain claims information on hundreds of individuals. On Friday, the DTS thus confirmed the number of Medicaid clients affected was actually 181,604.
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