Data breach could have affected more than 4,000 Monterey County residents – Monterey Herald

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SALINAS — Monterey County is notifying residents that San Jose-based Seneca Family of Agencies, a contractor providing behavioral health services to various Monterey County clients, experienced a network data breach that may have involved unauthorized access to the personal data of 4,201 county residents.

The breach occurred between Aug. 25 and Aug. 27. During that time, an external, unauthorized individual may have improperly accessed the contractor’s network and withdrawn client data.

Data stored on the contractor’s network included clinical and demographic information, such as date of birth, Social Security numbers, treatment and diagnosis information, medical record numbers, and driver’s license or state-issued identification numbers.

The contractor has reported the breach to law enforcement agencies and an investigation is underway. Monterey County was notified of the breach on Oct. 13 and immediately began working with the contractor to determine if clients from Monterey County were affected by the breach. Any Monterey County clients affected by the breach will be notified individually.

If a person believes he or she has been affected by this incident or has any 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 takes the situation seriously and is committed to protecting the privacy of its clients. The contractor is making cybersecurity protection improvements to its network and the county is reviewing the changes.

If you have been affected by this incident or have any additional questions, please contact the  Compliance Department at [email protected] or call 831-755-4018.

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