The server, one of three holding the massive health agency's data, had personal and health information on clients using programs like food stamps, Opper said.
State Chief Public Information Officer
Opper said the state doesn't know yet how many people's records may have been in the server, but that the state will offer them a year's worth of free credit-monitoring and insurance against identify theft.
"Out of an abundance of caution, we are taking the necessary steps to reach out to those whose information may have been stored in the server," he said Thursday afternoon. "DPHHS is committed to answering questions clients and employees may have, and to help them take advantage of services we are offering."
Opper said state officials first detected some "suspicious activity" on the server
The contractor concluded last Thursday that the server, which is at the state's data center in
Baldwin said whoever hacked the system had placed some data inside it, but that so far, the investigation had uncovered no evidence of anyone removing information from the server.
The state has set up a toll-free line for the public to call with questions about the computer security breach, and whether it may affect them. The number 1-800-809-2956.
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