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State Health Computer Hacked, 1.3M People at Risk

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MONTANA - State officials said 1.3 million people could be at risk after hackers gained entry to a Department of Public Health and Human Services computer server.

Officials said there is no knowledge that information on the server was used inappropriately, or was even accessed.  

As a precaution, the state is notifying individuals whose personal information was on the server, consistent with state and federal laws. The notification list includes both current and former Montana residents, and in some instances, the estates of deceased individuals.  

Officials announced that the state is also notifying individuals of free credit monitoring and identity protection insurance.

On May 22, an independent forensic investigation determined a DPHHS computer server had been hacked. The forensic investigation was ordered on May 15 when suspicious activity was first detected by DPHHS officials. When the suspicious activity was discovered, agency officials immediately shut down the server and contacted law enforcement.

In recent weeks, DPHHS staff has been thoroughly reviewing all files on the server to determine those individuals to be notified.  

DPHHS clients are being notified because information on the server included demographic information, such as names, addresses, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers. The server may also have included information regarding DPHHS services clients applied for and/or received.  

Client information may include information related to health assessments, diagnoses, treatment, health condition, prescriptions, and insurance.

This incident should not impact DPHHS services as none of the information contained on the server was lost and we have a complete back-up of the information.  

Anyone with questions is encouraged to call the toll-free Help Line, which is available Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 800-809-2956. Additional information is also available at www.dphhs.mt.gov.

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