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From a government consulting firm, hackers stole 340,000 Social Security numbers.

by Kabir Khan
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Greylock McKinnon Associates (GMA), a U.S. consulting firm, revealed that hackers had compromised up to 341,650 Social Security numbers.

On Friday, the state of Maine’s data breach notifications were made public on its website, which is managed by the government.


GMA stated that it was the target of an unidentified cyberattack in May 2023 and that it “promptly took steps to mitigate the incident” in the mail notification of the data breach sent to impacted victims.

Companies and US government organizations, such as the US Department of Justice, that are involved in civil litigation can receive financial and legal support from GMA. GMA notified those impacted by the data breach that their personal information “was obtained by the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) as part of a civil litigation matter” that GMA was supporting, according to the notice of the breach.

The DOJ‘s civil litigation’s motivations and intended outcome are unknown. A request for comment was not answered by a Justice Department spokesperson.


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GMA stated that the cyberattack “does not impact your current Medicare benefits or coverage” and that those who were informed of the data breach are “not the subject of this investigation or the associated litigation matters.”

As part of our response to the incident, we notified law enforcement and the Department of Justice and sought advice from outside cybersecurity experts. On February 7, 2024, we were notified which individuals’ personal information was compromised, and we were given their contact details,” the company stated.

Informing victims that “your personal and Medicare information was likely affected in this incident,” GMA said that the information included Social Security numbers, names, dates of birth, home addresses, some medical and health insurance information, and Medicare claim numbers.

The reasons for the nine-month delay in GMA’s discovery of the breach and victims’ notification remain unclear.

Remarks were requested, but neither GMA nor the company’s outside attorney, Robinson & Cole LLP’s Linn Freedman, responded right away.

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