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A massive security breach at the Texas Department of Insurance leaked the personal information of nearly 2 million Texans for nearly three years, according to a state audit released last week.
The department said the personal information of 1.8 million workers who filed compensation claims — including Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, phone numbers and injury information workers – were available online to members of the public from March 2019 to January 2022. .
The ministry did not publicly acknowledge the safety issue until the state auditor’s office conducted a review in March. On March 24, the Department of Insurance sent out a notice acknowledging that it became aware of the issue in January.
The breach occurred due to a glitch in the programming code of the department’s web application that handles workers’ compensation data. The glitch in the code allowed members of the public to access a protected portion of this online application, the department said.
The state Department of Insurance said it would provide 12 months of free credit monitoring and identity protection services to people whose data was breached.
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