A recent data breach
in Utah that exposed the private personal information for hundreds of thousands of consumers has led to very few responses.
The Utah Department of Health recently revealed that only 15,000 of the more than 280,000 people affected by a recent data breach have responded to the state's offer for free credit monitoring despite the fact that their Social Security numbers were exposed in the incident, according to a report from Salt Lake City television station KSTU
. Overall, the breach affected more than 800,000 Medicaid recipients in the state.
"A lot of the calls that they're getting are this fear that it is a scam - it's not a scam," Utah Health Policy Project executive director Judi Hilman told the news station. "Fearing that this is a scam, so then yes, when hotline people say, 'Plug in your social security number,' people say, 'Are they kidding, is this a joke?'"Ondrej Krehel
, chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, has a blog about the dangers consumers face when they're affected by a data breach.
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