(TNS) — Benton County was the victim of two data breaches just days apart in late 2019, according to a new statewide report.

The second so-called “data privacy event” affected the security of personal information connected with 820 Washington residents.

A legal document — notifying the state Attorney General’s Office of the breach on behalf of Benton County — did not identify whether those affected were county employees or county residents.


It said information obtained through the unauthorized access “to a certain Benton email account” included: names; Social Security numbers; driver’s license numbers; medical and treatment information; health insurance information; financial account information; and student identification numbers.

The 15-page document detailing the event and the county’s response was included in a report released Friday by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

Also in November 2019, a fraudster stole $740,000 from Benton County after concocting an elaborate email scheme using a contractor working on county projects.

Ferguson’s report has a link to a list of all data breach notices sent to the AG’s office since 2015.

Other Tri-Cities public agencies and businesses listed include Trios Health involving 569 people and Pasco Rentals, Inc. with approximately 6,300 Washington residents affected. Both of those data breaches were in 2017.

The report said that 6.3 million notices of data…

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