Unauthorized access to personal information of DHS TANF clients
A computer server at Carl Albert State College (CASC) in Poteau, Oklahoma has been accessed by an unauthorized source. The server contained State Assessment information that included names and social security numbers of 47,000 current and former Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) clients. CASC contracts with DHS to provide assessment services for TANF clients including educational services, occupational training, vision screening and disability screening.
Although there is no evidence that any data was actually downloaded, CASC is mailing notices to clients who may be impacted as well as posting notice of the breach on the Carl Albert State College website. CASC has taken steps to secure data on its servers and both DHS and CASC will continue monitoring efforts to ensure this kind of incident does not happen again.
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