Ransomware, Breach, Privacy

Personal data potentially compromised in California county breach

California's Tahoma County may have had its employees', service recipients', and affiliates' personally identifiable information compromised following a data breach of systems belonging to its Department of Social Services, which was identified on April 9 but was found to have occurred from Nov. 18, 2021 to April 9, 2022, according to SecurityWeek. Data potentially exposed by the incident includes names, birthdates, addresses, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, and information regarding social services received by affected individuals, said the county, which has provided those whose SSNs or driver's license numbers were impacted with complimentary credit monitoring and identity theft protection services. Despite lacking details regarding the type of cyberattack that hit Tahoma County, Quantum ransomware operators leaked nearly 32GB of data claimed to have been stolen from the county, including financial information, payroll files, human resources data, birth certificates, PII, IDs, incident reports, COVID-19 vaccine cards, criminal record documents, medical data, insurance details, and other confidential files.

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