A box containing the data was left by a dumpster near the HHSC office.
A box containing the data was left by a dumpster near the HHSC office.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) reported a data breach possibly affecting almost 2,000 people in the Houston area.

The breach happened when a box containing information on 1,842 clients was left unattended near a dumpster at the commission's East 40th St. complex in Houston, according to CW39. The forms in the box contained a variety of personally identifiable information, including names, client numbers, birth dates, case numbers and phone numbers. Additional client information to include Social Security numbers, bank account numbers and health information were also on some of the forms.

HHSC is providing a year of free credit monitoring to anyone affected. The agency is continuing to investigate the situation and reviewing its document destruction procedures, CW39 reported.