Massive Data Breach Hits BenefitsCal: 19,000 Welfare Accounts Compromised

April 28, 2024
Massive Data Breach Hits BenefitsCal: 19,000 Welfare Accounts Compromised
  • Over 19,000 online accounts on California's welfare platform, BenefitsCal, were compromised by unauthorized access.

  • Personal data such as names, addresses, and Social Security numbers were exposed during the breach.

  • The security incident stemmed from password reuse, with credentials obtained from third-party site breaches.

  • BenefitsCal responded by deactivating affected accounts and bolstering security with measures like two-factor authentication (2FA).

  • Notifications are being sent to the impacted users with guidance on securing their accounts, but it's unknown if identity protection services will be offered.

  • The breach spanned almost a year, from March 1, 2023, to February 13, 2024, highlighting the importance of unique and strong password hygiene.

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