Utah Health Department reports another data breach

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 10:13 AM

Michelle L. Price

SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Department of Health says personal information for 6,000 Medicaid recipients been compromised after a USB memory stick containing the data was lost.

The agency says in a statement Tuesday that the data was lost by an employee of a third-party contractor while traveling.

The breach of data comes less than a year after the Department of Health announced hackers broke into a government server and stole the personal information of about 780,000 people, including the Social Security numbers of about 280,000.

Utah's chief technology officer resigned in the wake of the spring 2012 theft.

The health department says the most recent data breach is limited to Medicaid recipient's names, Medicaid identification numbers, age and recent prescription drug use.

The agency says no Social Security numbers or financial information was lost.

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