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DPHHS Computer Server Inappropriately Accessed

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HELENA - The Department of Public Health And Human Services says their agency computer server was hacked.

On May 22, an independent forensic investigation determined that the server that contained personal client information including social security numbers and clinical information, and DPHHS employee payroll information had been compromised

Officials said there is no knowledge if that information on the server was used inappropriately or was even accessed, but they're taking precaution just in case.

On Thursday, DPHHS released this information:

           A toll-free DPHHS Help Line to allow people the opportunity to ask questions. The number is 800-809-2956.

           In addition, the investigation also revealed that the server was likely first accessed in July 2013. However, DPHHS only became aware of a potential issue in May 2014.

           The server that was hacked into has been shut down and is now off the state computer system. A new server containing backup files from the old server has been scanned and is safely being brought online.

           DPHHS has purchased additional security software to better protect sensitive information on existing servers.

           As part of an internal investigation, DPHHS is reviewing existing policies and procedures to determine how to prevent this from happening again in the future.

The agency is in the process of mailing letters to those clients and employees affected.



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