Officials at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center reported Tuesday that the Center’s information services were recently cyber-hacked. But, says Jim Key, the Center’s Chief Public Affairs officer, data security and technology experts indicate that there is no evidence that anyone’s information was viewed, accessed or downloaded.
“We don’t know if the Center was targeted,” Key says. “This type of malware gets into the system and then trolls for Social Security, credit card numbers and other financial information.”
Key said that the potentially compromised data relates to information collected by the Center’s medical, mental health and pharmacy departments—including names, contact information, medical and health care information, date of birth and health insurance account numbers as well. Immediately after finding out about the “sophisticated” cyber hacking job, the Center started working with law enforcement, security and technology experts to resolve the problem and try to identity who is responsible. Additionally, the Center started contacting current and former clients (in English and Spanish) whose information may have been compromised between Sept. 17, 2013, and Nov. 8, 2013.