Utah health officials said Friday that hackers who broke into state computers last weekend stole far more medical records than originally thought, and the data likely includes Social Security numbers of children who have received public assistance.
Approximately 182,000 beneficiaries of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program had their personal information stolen, and about 25,000 Social Security numbers were compromised, Utah Department of Health officials said.
Officials originally estimated that about 24,000 people had their records stolen after someone attacked a server beginning March 30. But the culprit actually downloaded 24,000 files, and each file contained hundreds of records, said Stephanie Weiss, spokeswoman for the Utah Department of Technology Services.
The information was stolen from a new server at the Health Department, Weiss said. Although the state has multiple layers of security on every server, a technician installed a password that wasn't as secure as needed.
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