State announces COVID-related data breach

State announces COVID-related data breach

Posted November 15, 2020

State announces COVID-related data breach

  • The Division of Public Health announced a data breach Sunday affecting approximately 10,000 people, although the agency noted there is no evidence of any attempt to misuse any of the information.
  • According to DPH, a temporary agency staffer accidentally sent unencrypted emails containing COVID-19 test results for around 10,000 Delawareans on Aug. 13 and Aug. 20 to an unauthorized user. The Aug. 13 email included test results for individuals tested between July 16 and Aug. 10, while the Aug. 20 email had results for people tested on Aug. 15.
  • The emails, meant for distribution to call center staff who assist individuals in obtaining their test results, were sent to a single unauthorized user by mistake.

– Matt Bittle | November 15, 2020