California Department of Health Care Mistakenly Publishes Details of 14,000 People

Dec 13, 2012 | comments

California Department of Health Care Mistakenly Publishes Details of 14,000 People

State of California has mistakenly published thousands of Social Security numbers on the Internet.
The list includes Medi-Cal providers in 25 California counties, including Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, Nevada, Placer, Sutter, Tuolumne and Yuba.

The information, belonging to Medi-Cal providers working for In-Home Supportive Services, had been posted on the Medi-Cal website for a period of nine days before someone noticed the error.

Individuals from 25 countries are affected by the breach. Those impacted will be receiving notification letters and they’re being offered one year of free credit monitoring services.

Additional measures are being deployed to avoid such incidents from occurring in the future.  

The confidential information was available on the state's Medi-Cal website for anyone to see for a period of nine days, before the mistake was discovered and the numbers removed.Social Security numbers are a key ingredient for identity theft.

This is the second time in the past 5 months when In-Home Supportive Services providers are affected by a data breach. Last time, a total of 750,000 people were exposed by a breach at the Department of Social Services.

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