The Associated Press reports on a possible security breach in South Carolina that could have affected the privacy of people enrolled in the state’s insurance program:
South Carolina officials on Friday [Jan. 14] notified people who had coverage from the state’s insurance program that their personal information may have been obtained illegally. […]
State Employee Insurance Program director Stephen Van Camp said a computer virus attack on a single computer could have allowed the hacker to access to names, addresses, Social Security numbers and birth dates of up to 5,600 of insured employees, retirees dependents and survivors on that computer. Those records also included about 800 people who are dead, he said.
The breach occurred between Nov. 8 and Nov. 18, when it was discovered, and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division was also notified, Van Camp said. […]
The records could be exploited for identity theft. Van Camp said people who receive the letters are also getting instructions about contacting credit services.
The Employee Insurance Program’s plans serve about 528,000 people.