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Washington Public Safety Agency Hacked

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Washington's North East King County Regional Public Safety Communication Agency (NORCOM) recently announced that it's investigating the breach of a server that contained data on approximately 6,000 medical responses by the county's Duvall Fire District 45, Skykomish Fire Department, and Snoqualmie Pass Fire & Rescue (h/t DataBreaches.net).

The data potentially exposed includes names, addresses, birthdates, the nature of each emergency call, and initial medical conditions. The files also contained personnel data for 231 firefighters, including their driver's license information, birthdates, Social Security numbers, emergency contact numbers, and limited medical information.

"Immediately when the breach was discovered, NORCOM took swift actions to identify and analyze the depth of the breach; we are working with the Bellevue Police Department and with the United States Secret Service's Electronic Crimes Task Force on this investigation," NORCOM executive director Tom Orr said in a statement [PDF]. "We have begun notifying the people whose information was potentially compromised. Security and professionalism are paramount to NORCOM; we are implementing enhanced, significant security measures to prevent the potential for future compromised."

All those affected are being advised to place a fraud alert on their credit files. Potentially affected people with questions should contact (425) 646-8011.

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