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Utah: Data breach may include 750,000 people

Monday, April 09, 2012
Action News

Health officials in Utah say 750,000 additional people, including many children, may have had personal information stolen by hackers.

Utah Department of Health spokesman Tom Hudachko (HU'-dak-ko) said Monday that about 250,000 Social Security numbers were part of the tens of thousands of stolen files, although many numbers didn't include other information.

Hudachko says the victims could be Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program recipients as well as anyone whose healthcare provider submitted their information to the state for possible Medicaid coverage within the last four months.

Utah Department of Technology Services Executive Director Stephen Fletcher says the hackers accessed a health department server that didn't have a secure password. The agency originally thought the hackers stole 24,000 Medicaid claims but now estimate more than 200,000 files were stolen.

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