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Computer Error May Have Compromised 200,000 Hoosiers’ Info

Family and Social Services Administration officials are asking anyone who received another client’s information to either return it to the FSSA or shred it.

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The FSSA is asking people who have the compromised information to shred it.

The private personal information of nearly 200,000 Hoosiers may have been compromised by the state’s Family and Social Services Administration.

A computer error by a private contractor used by FSSA resulted in documents containing private information about FSSA clients to be sent to other clients.  The potentially-leaked information includes names, addresses, birth dates, FSSA case numbers and types of benefits received.

As many as 4,000 social security numbers may have been disclosed.  The breaches occurred between April 6 and May 21.  FSSA is notifying the more
than 187,000 potentially-impacted clients, warning them to protect against identity theft.

In a statement, FSSA Secretary Debra Minott says her agency does not believe there was a widespread leak of information. Still, the agency is notifying everyone who may have been affected. It is also asking anyone who received another client’s information to either return it to FSSA or shred it.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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