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Hackers accessed Georgia child protective case records

By Maya T. Prabhu, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Hackers gained access to some child protective service case records in May, state officials revealed Friday.

The cyberattacks took place between May 3 and May 15 when hackers accessed staff emails that include identifying and health information of children and adults serviced by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services’ child protective services department. DFCS said it learned Aug. 10 that the personal information may have been accessed.

Information that could have been compromised includes full names of children and household members, social security members, birth date and Medicaid identification and insurance numbers. Twelve people had health information — such as psychological reports or information on substance abuse — included in the breach. One person’s bank information was included.

DFCS said it began directly notifying those affected by the cyberattack on Sept. 21.

Anyone whose may have been involved with child protective services this spring can call (888) 304-1021 for more information. The call center will be accepting calls until Jan. 9, 2021, and is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding state holidays. State offices are closed on Monday to observe Columbus Day.