Data breach could have affected more than 4,000 residents of Monterey County – Monterey Herald
SALINAS – Monterey County informs residents that San Jose-based Seneca Family of Agencies, a contractor providing behavioral health services to various Monterey County clients, has suffered a network data breach that may have involved unauthorized access authorized to personal data of 4,201 county residents.
The violation occurred between August 25 and August 27. During this time, an unauthorized external person may have inappropriately accessed the contractor’s network and removed the customer’s data.
The data stored on the contractor’s network included clinical and demographic information, such as date of birth, social security numbers, treatment and diagnostic information, medical record numbers and driver’s license numbers. or identification issued by the State.
The contractor has reported the violation to law enforcement and an investigation is underway. Monterey County was made aware of the violation on October 13 and immediately began working with the contractor to determine if Monterey County customers were affected by the violation. All Monterey County customers affected by the violation will be notified individually.
If anyone believes they have been affected by this incident or has additional questions, they can contact the Compliance Department at [email protected] or call 831-755-4018.
In a statement Thursday afternoon, the county said it is taking the situation seriously and is committed to protecting the privacy of its customers. The contractor is making cybersecurity protection improvements to its network and the county is reviewing the changes.