Scott County, Iowa discloses data security incident

Seen on the county’s website, dated April 22, 2022:

Notice of Data Privacy Event

Scott County, Iowa (“Scott County”) is providing notice of a data privacy event. To date, we have no evidence of actual or attempted misuse of information as a result of this incident. In an abundance of caution, we are notifying potentially impacted individuals so that they may take additional steps to better protect their personal information, should they feel it is appropriate to do so. This notice provides details of the incident, our response, and steps those who may be impacted can take to protect against possible misuse of their information.

What Happened?

On November 30, 2021, Scott County became aware of suspicious activity relating to an employee email account that was sending unauthorized messages to internal and external users. We immediately launched an investigation to determine the cause of the activity and to secure the account. Working with an outside computer forensics specialist, our investigation determined that an unauthorized actor had accessed three (3) employee email accounts on October 27, 2021. Because we were unable to determine which email messages in the accounts were viewed by the unauthorized actor, we began to review the entire contents of the affected email accounts to identify what information was accessible to the unauthorized actor. We completed this comprehensive review by February 22, 2022 and identified that information related to clients, employees of Scott County, and other individuals who received healthcare treatment or services facilitated by Scott County may have been impacted by this event. We have been working since this time to verify the information at issue and locate address information for impacted individuals in order to notify them of this event. This process is currently ongoing.

What Information Was Involved?

Although we cannot confirm whether personal information was actually accessed, viewed or acquired without permission, we are providing this notification out of an abundance of caution, because such activity cannot be ruled out. The impacted information varies by individual but may include name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, medical information, health insurance information, and financial account information.

Read the full notice at Scott County, Iowa.

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