Department of Health Says CHIP Information Has Been Exposed On The Web

CHEYENNE, (AP) - The Wyoming Department of Health says the personal information of about 9,000 children in the state's children's health insurance program could have been exposed on the Internet. Department officials said Friday that the error resulted in the names, birthdays, Social Security numbers, addresses and phone numbers of Kid Care CHIP participants being accessible on an unsecured Web page for months.

Officials say they learned of the problem Thursday and secured the information immediately. Department officials are still investigating but say the unsecured files were accessed 94 times, including in the course of department business. No misuse of children's personal information has been reported.

The department has contracted with a credit-monitoring firm to
assist families whose information could have been exposed. The
firm, Debix, can be reached starting Saturday morning at

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How Can This Happen?

The Department of Health is going to provide theft protection for only a year? The social security numbers of these kids will last a lifetime. I hope this doesn't cause any of them problems in the future.

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