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Maximus health data breach hits 110K Pima County residents

Last month, Maximus Health Services — a large provider of contracted services for state, local and federal governments — reported hackers had accessed the health information of 8 to 11 million people.

They’ve now confirmed the breach affected about 110,000 residents of Pima County.

The Pima County Health Department contracted with Maximus during the pandemic to conduct COVID contact tracing and case investigations.

This spring, MOVEit — a third-party file transfer app — was hacked, exposing data managed by hundreds of companies, including almost one-third of the more than 360,000 Pima County patient records retained by Maximus.

The breach, which did not affect internal agency systems, exposed contact and identity info, test results and related data, but not Social Security numbers.

Maximus is offering two years of free Experian credit monitoring, but lacks contact info for about 40,000 of those affected, so residents who have not been contacted by the company should not assume they are in the clear.

Maximus did not respond to inquiries about data from other Arizona counties.

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Nicholas Gerbis joined KJZZ’s Arizona Science Desk in 2016. A longtime science, health and technology journalist and editor, his extensive background in related nonprofit and science communications inform his reporting on Earth and space sciences, neuroscience and behavioral health, and bioscience/biotechnology.Apart from travel and three years in Delaware spent earning his master’s degree in physical geography (climatology), Gerbis has spent most of his life in Arizona. He also holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from Arizona State University’s Cronkite School and a bachelor’s degree in geography (climatology/meteorology), also from ASU.Gerbis briefly “retired in reverse” and moved from Arizona to Wisconsin, where he taught science history and science-fiction film courses at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is glad to be back in the Valley and enjoys contributing to KJZZ’s Untold Arizona series.During the COVID-19 pandemic, Gerbis focused almost solely on coronavirus-related stories and analysis. In addition to reporting on the course of the disease and related research, he delved into deeper questions, such as the impact of shutdowns on science and medicine, the roots of vaccine reluctance and the policies that exacerbated the virus’s impact, particularly on vulnerable populations.