Personal data of members of Congress exposed in DC Health Link Breach

Addressing the executive director of the DC Health Benefit Exchange Authority, McCarty and Hakeem outlined that thousands of House members, employees, and their families have enrolled in health insurance through DC Health Link, indicating that the entire The scale and scope of the breach can be significant.

The letter also confirmed that the FBI is investigating the incident and has determined that the stolen data was made available for purchase on the dark web.

Some cybercriminals have already claimed responsibility for the hack, according to a reports the Associated Presswith a hacker boasting that he stole more than 55,000 records and shouting “Glory to Russia” in Cyrillic.

An internal memo sent to House staff obtained by NPR Use of credit and identity theft monitoring resources is recommended. A similar memo sent to all Senate email account holders said anyone registered on the health insurance exchange should freeze their credit to prevent identity theft.

In response to the breach, DC Health Link said it had “initiated a comprehensive investigation” with the help of forensic investigators and law enforcement.

“At the same time, we are taking action to ensure the security and privacy of our users’ personal information. We are in the process of notifying affected customers and will provide identity and credit monitoring services,” DC Health Link said in a statement. “In addition, and out of an abundance of caution, we will also provide credit monitoring services for all our customers.”

A Insurer Coalition’s cyber threats index revealed that 94% of organizations will have at least one unencrypted service exposed on the internet by 2022. It also predicts a 13% increase in the number of new cyber vulnerabilities and exposures per month for 2023.

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