Investigators were made aware of a possible data breach on May 15th, where they determined on May 22nd that up to 1.3 million people’s personal data had been compromised due to unauthorized entry into the Department of Public Health and Human Services servers.
The information on the compromised servers included names, date of birth, Social Security numbers, bank account information, and addresses, though information on each client is different, said the state. For others, the information contained insurance, prescriptions, diagnoses, birth and death records, and health assessments.
Officials have announced that free credit monitoring and identity protection insurance is available to eligible individuals.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying those whose personal information could have been on the server,” said DPHHS Director Richard Opper. “Again, we have no reports, nor do we have any evidence that anyone’s information was used in any way, or even accessed.”
“I encourage Montanans who are notified to sign up for the free credit monitoring and insurance that is being provided.”
In 2013, Montana upgraded its insurance policy to include cyber data security coverage that cover up to $2 million in costs associated with services such as free credit monitoring.