Monterey County computer hacked
October 16, 2013
A Monterey County Department of Social Services computer was hacked by an overseas computer in March. However, those whose personal information was compromised were not informed until last week. [Herald]
Personal information such as Social Security numbers, birth dates and in some cases addresses was stored on the computer for 144,493 people who received CalFresh, MediCal, CalWorks and foster care payments through the county between 2002 and 2009.
“We deeply regret that this incident occurred and are disappointed that hackers would break into a computer system needed to serve those most in need,” Robinson said in a statement. “We take the privacy of people who come to us for assistance very seriously and have worked with state network administrators to assure that the method of attack used to break into this computer can’t be used again. Additionally, this computer was immediately taken off-line and care was taken to assure all other social services computers were behind firewalls.”