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The 10 Biggest Data Breaches of 2019

More than 137 million records were exposed in the 10 biggest data breaches in 2019, with six of the 10 largest incidents occurring at medical or healthcare organizations and two taking place at government agencies.

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10. Oregon Department of Human Services

Number Of Records Exposed: 645,000

A successful email phishing campaign against the ended up exposing Social Security numbers and personal health information for clients of the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS).

Nine Oregon DHS employee opened a phishing email sent on Jan. 8, 2019, and clicked on an internet link that gave the sender access to their email accounts. The affected accounts were located and access to those accounts was stopped by Jan. 28, and the agency determined in June how many customers were impacted after an extensive forensic investigation.

The exposed client information included first and last name, addresses, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, case numbers, personal health information, and other information used in DHS programs, according to the department. Most of the exposed client information was found in email attachments, like reports. Affected individuals are being offered access to identity theft and monitoring services.

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