BREAKING NEWS: Medicaid Hack - 181,000 People Impacted

Over 181,000 MEDICAID/CHIP members have had their personal information stolen and 25,000 of those people had their Social Security numbers (SSNs) compromised after the Utah Department of Health was hacked. The hackers are believed to be residing in Eastern Europe and attacked the agency’s system on March 30, 2012.

What is particularly threatening about this attack is the fact that the stolen records included personal information including client names, addresses, birth dates, SSNs, physician’s names, national provider identifiers, addresses, tax identification numbers, and procedure codes designed for billing purposes.

If you wonder how were these hackers able to access such sensitive information?

Utah’s Department of Technology Services (DTS) recently moved the claims records to a new server that was susceptible due to a configuration error at the authentication level. This allowed hackers to get around the security system and steal the sensitive information.
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