Though officials in the state of Utah originally thought that only several thousand people were affected by a recent data breach
caused by a hacking attack, it turns out that the numbers are considerably higher.
It turns out that more than 181,000 Medicaid recipients in the state of Utah had their personal and medical data exposed in the breach, according to a report from the Salt Lake Tribune
. Of those affected, more than two-thirds were children, and more than 25,000 had their Social Security numbers revealed.
Originally, it was thought that the incident only exposed 24,000 victims, but as the investigation wore on, it became apparent that this was only the number of people whose information was actually stolen, and tens of thousands more were actually exposed, the report said.Matt Cullina
, chief executive officer for Identity Theft
911, has a blog about the ways in which this type of crime can affect children in particular, and what their parents can do to help mitigate those fraud concerns.
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