California city announces data breach involving police department and loan provider

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Grass Valley, Calif., announced a major data breach involving the Social Security numbers and more of all city employees and vendors — as well as anyone whose information was passed to the local police department.

The city said in a notice that Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers and health insurance information have been released for all Grass Valley employees, former employees, spouses, dependents and vendors.

Anyone whose information was provided to the Grass Valley Police Department had their names, social security numbers, driver’s license numbers, financial account information, payment card information, health insurance information, passport numbers, etc.

The same goes for anyone who has applied for a Grass Valley Community Development Department loan.

The city government said the breach began in 2021 on April 13 and the files were moved off the city network until July 1. In December, the city said it had a better understanding of the extent of the information lost in the breach and began sending a breach notification. letters to victims on January 7.

Only those whose social security number or driver’s license number has been disclosed have access to one year of free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.

The city later issued an update to the advisory, telling victims it is unable to verify whether a person’s information was lost during the massive breach.

“We have heard that some people are calling the phone number provided to ask ‘has my identity been assigned? The call center is not able to “look up names” specifically. Rather, we ask you, if you belong to one of these categories, to specify to the call center the category in which you belong, and to request that they provide you with a use -code to register for the monitoring service of IdentityWorksSM credit from Experian,” the city explained.

Grass Valley is located near Sacramento and has a population of approximately 13,000.

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