Exploit: Unsecured Data
Wyoming Department of Health: State Government Agency
Risk to Business: 2.303 = Severe
Wyoming’s Department of Health (WDH) has announced the accidental exposure of personal health information belonging to more than a quarter of the state’s population on GitHub.com. The data breach occurred when an estimated 53 files containing laboratory test results were mishandled by a worker. Data in the leaked files included test results for flu and COVID-19 performed for Wyoming. One file containing breath alcohol test results was also exposed.
Individual Risk: 2.676 = Severe
Along with the test results were patients’ names, ID numbers, addresses, dates of birth and dates of when tests had been carried out. WDH has begun the process of notifying impacted individuals and victims will be offered a year of free identity theft protection.
Customers Impacted: 164,021 Wyoming residents and others
How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Taking care of business includes taking care of training to prevent slip-ups like this that will ultimately cost the state million after remediation and fines.