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Medical marijuana database hacked

CARSON CITY – The Nevada Division of Public Behavioral Health is investigating a cyber-attack on its Medical Marijuana Program database.

The program became aware Wednesday that application information about individuals with medical marijuana agent cards, such as employees and owners of medical marijuana establishments, had been disclosed. The information includes Social Security numbers and dates of birth.

Private patient information is considered to be secure, the agency said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

“The entire portal has been taken down,” said Cody Phinney, DPBH administrator. “To prevent further breaches, the Division’s IT staff are working with state IT staff, investigating the breach. We appreciate everyone’s patience during this difficult time. As more information is known, the public will be notified.”

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In addition to contacting the individuals involved, the division is notifying three major credit reporting agencies. Agent cardholders are encouraged to report that their individual information was compromised.

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