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Hackers breach Montana government server housing 1.3 health records

Network intrusion; Unauthorized use of system administrator privileges

Only about 1 million individuals live in the state. The affected individuals include residents, people who no longer reside in Montana and people who have died.

Malware was discovered on the state health department computer server May 22 after information technology employees noticed suspicious activity on the machine earlier in the month.

The server held names, addresses, birthdates, Social Security numbers and medical records related to health assessments, diagnoses, treatment, prescriptions and insurance.

Notification letters are now going out to affected individuals or their estates.

About 3,100 department employees and contractors also are being notified because the server contained their bank account information. In addition, roughly 50 years of birth and death certificate information was on the server.

So far, no identity theft has been reported and there is no evidence that any data was stolen. 

sector

Government (U.S.); Healthcare and Public Health

reported

June 24, 2014

reported by

Associated Press

number affected

1.3 million people

location of breach

Montana, United States

perpetrators

Unknown

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

Early May or before

date breach detected

May 22, 2014

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