Health and Welfare Confirms Thousands of Idahoans Personal Data Accessed Without Authorization 

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The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has confirmed that as many as 2,600 Idahoans who participate in the department's Infant Toddler Program or Mental Health Services may have had personal data accessed without authorization.

IDHW officials said the victims, who are being notified this week, had personal information, including name, Social Security number, address, date of birth and other sensitive data, stolen by an "unauthorized actor." Investigators said the suspect gained access to an email account of an employees of OS Inc., IDHW's claim management system provider. Hackers ultimately compromised the protected health information of thousands of Idaho clients.

"The Department of Health and Welfare and OS Inc. take this incident and the security of personal information very seriously," read a statement from the department Thursday afternoon. "OS Inc. assures IDHW it has reviewed existing policies and procedures, implemented additional safeguards, and secured the impacted email account. OS Inc. will continue to further secure the information in its systems going forward."

Additional information regarding the incident is being offered at a toll-free dedicated assistance line, 1-866-775-4209, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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