Warning: Major Health Data Breach

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Members of the House and Senate were informed Wednesday that hackers may have gained access to their sensitive personal data in a breach of the Washington, DC health insurance marketplace.

The FBI said it was aware of the incident and was assisting in the investigation.

A broker on an online crime forum claimed to have records for 170,000 DC Health Link customers and was offering them for sale for an unspecified amount. The broker claimed they were stolen on Monday. The broker did not immediately respond to questions from The Associated Press on an encrypted chat site.

They recommend that anyone registered with the health insurance exchange freeze their credit to prevent identity theft.

In an emailed statement, Rep. Joe Morelle of New York said Capitol Police informed House leaders that DC Health Link "suffered an extraordinarily large data breach of member information" that represented a “great risk” for members, employees and their families. . “At this time, the FBI has yet to determine the cause, size and scope of the data breach affecting DC Health Link,” Morelle said.

An FBI computer system was recently breached at the bureau's New York field office, CNN reported in mid-February. When asked about that intrusion, the FBI issued a statement calling it "an isolated incident that has been contained." He declined to comment further, including when it happened and whether ransomware was involved.

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