Kentucky Health Agency Notifies 2,500 of Potential HIPAA Breach

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services in Frankfort, Ky., is informing approximately 2,500 clients of a possible data breach that may have released information held by the Cabinet's Department for Community Based Services.

In July, an employee of DCBS responded to an email sent by a hacker. When unauthorized activity was identified on the account, it was immediately disabled. There was no evidence that confidential contents of the email account were accessed or viewed, but the hacker did have access to the email account for a short period of time.

"In all likelihood, the hacker intended to access the state government email server to send spam emails and did not access or view client information," said Rodney Murphy, executive director of the Office of Administrative and Technology Services in the release. "However, out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying clients who might have been affected by this incident."

The type of information that could have been accessed by the hacker was not released.

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