Cyberattack Update

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Data Breach Notification

On September 16, 2021 DHSS notified the public of a security breach of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Alaska Personal Information Protection Act (APIPA). This breach was caused by a highly sophisticated cyberattack on DHSS that was first detected in May 2021.

Sign Up For Free Credit Monitoring

Free credit monitoring is available to any concerned Alaskan as a result of this breach. A toll-free hotline will be available (5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Alaska time) to answer questions and assist people with signing up for the free credit monitoring service. 

Email notices were sent to all Alaskans who have applied for a Permanent Fund Dividend and supplied an email address, which will include a code they can use to sign up for the credit monitoring service. People who don't receive a code will need to contact the toll-free hotline for assistance. Questions may also be directed to DHSS at 1-888-484-9355 or PrivacyOfficial@alaska.gov, however the sign-up process for the credit monitoring service will need to go through the toll-free hotline.

Registration for a year of credit monitoring protection has been extended to January 28th, if you have not already signed up, DHSS encourages you to do so before the deadline.

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