A California service that provides in-home care for residents with disabilities recently suffered a massive data breach
that exposed the personal information for more than 700,000 people.
The California In-Home Supportive Services program was recently hit with the breach when Hewlett Packard, which handles its payroll information, lost some sensitive files in the mail, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times
. The package the information was shipped in was reported as damaged while being delivered and some of the data it was supposed to contain was missing.
Among the information that was possibly compromised was information on some 375,000 workers employed by the program, including their names, Social Security numbers and wages, the report said. Another 326,000 recipients may have had their state ID numbers exposed. The state has opened an investigation into the incident and notified law enforcement, and will mail notices to those who were affected.Ondrej Krehel
, chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, has a blog about the dangers data breaches
can pose for consumers and organizations alike.
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