As daily Data Breaches plague America, St. Lucie County residents are the latest victims who have had personal info exposed.
Names, Social Security numbers, types of drug tests & test results as the types of personal information that may have been compromised after the data breach last month.
Having your personal data and information accessed by strangers is one thing, finding it for sale on the dark web is something nobody wants to suffer from. A recent configuration error at the county’s drug screening lab seems to be a contributing factor in the data breach.
A notice was sent to residents via mail who may have had their names, Social Security numbers, types of drug tests, and test results as the types of personal information exposed. County leaders would not say how many residents were potentially affected, but that they are being offered a complimentary year of credit monitoring.
“SLC Lab is committed to maintaining the privacy of personal information in its possession and has taken many precautions to safeguard it,” said St. Lucie County spokesman Erick Gill. “SLC Lab continually evaluates and modifies its practices to enhance the security and privacy of the personal information it maintains. No other county data was impacted.”
Residents were not alerted to the data breach until Jan. 20, almost a month later.
Gill said steps have been taken to make sure the error does not occur again.
Some people are of the belief that their Social Security Number (SSN) is the most valuable number. In reality, your mobile phone number is even more valuable to hackers and scammers.
Take this recent data breach as an example. Scammers can use the breach data to SIM Swap your number and become you. Once the scammer and hackers have control of your number it is a matter of minutes to hours before they reak havoc on your entire life. These scammers and hackers, now that they control your number, can gain access and steal all your bank accounts, crypto, social media, and other accounts. We take for granted how much our mobile controls in our lives.
It is time you protect yourself today and get SAFE secured.