SALINAS, Calif. (AP) - Officials in Monterey County say computer hackers may have obtained the personal information of tens of thousands of county residents.
The Monterey County Herald reports that a county computer containing the names, Social Security numbers, addresses and dates of birth of more than 144,000 people was hacked in March.
The information on file was from people who received CalFresh, MediCal, CalWorks and Foster Care payments through the county between 2002 and 2009.
County Department of Social Services Director Elliot Robinson said the computer's network connection was severed after the security breach. Officials could not determine whether the hackers accessed or retrieved personal information, but they began sending letters out this week informing those whose information was on the computer.
Department spokesman Sam Trevino says it took seven months to notify residents because officials had to first complete their investigation.
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