Phishing scam stings Oregon Dept. of Human Services, compromises emails containing resident data

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) was the victim of a phishing campaign earlier this year, resulting in a data breach that reportedly involves the records of up to 1.6 million state residents.

According to a March 21 Oregon DHS press release, the incident took place last Jan. 8, when nine separate agency employees opened a spear phishing email and clicked on a link that compromised their email mailboxes and the two million emails within. The agency’s Enterprise Security Office Cyber Security team confirmed the breach on Jan. 28 and worked to contain the threat.

Contents within those emails included client information protected under HIPAA regulations. Such data may include names, addresses, birth dates, Social Security numbers and case numbers.

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