(KCPW News) More than 180,000 Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program recipients have had their personal information stolen in a cyber attack believed to come from Eastern Europe, state officials now say. That’s far more than they first thought.
The Utah Department of Health initially said only up to 24,000 Medicaid recipients had their personal data compromised in the attack last weekend. Now, it stands at more than 181,000, and includes CHIP recipients as well.
Stephanie Weiss with the Utah Department of Technology Services says hackers were able to steal the information because when the files were transferred to a new server, someone made a configuration error.
Among the data stolen were more than 25,000 social security numbers. The health department says it’s immediately contacting clients whose information was stolen and will offer free credit monitoring services for a year.
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