Jun 24, 2014 3:27 PM by Sanjay Talwani - MTN News
HELENA - Officials with the Montana Department of Public Health & Human Services (DPHHS) said on Tuesday that an estimated 1.3 million people will be notified regarding last month's incident where hackers gained entry to a DPHHS computer server.
Letters should be expected over the next few weeks from the state of Montana, informing them that their personal data - including, in some cases, medical data - could have been compromised in the hack of computer server.
But state officials also stress that there's no knowledge that anyone's information was accessed or used inappropriately.
The letters, which were first sent Monday, are being sent out of an abundance of caution, officials said. The letters discuss the information that may have been accessed and provide information about signing up for free credit monitoring, which the state will pay for.
The hack was first suspected May 15, at which point the server in question was taken off-line. It was confirmed May 22, and announced May 29.
The total costs of the contacts, credit monitoring and other hack-related costs are not yet clear, but the state has a $2 million cyber-insurance policy.
The 1.3 million people to contact exceeds the total population of Montana; that's because the data involves people connected with numerous DPHHS programs - as well as current and former department employees - going back decades.