Hillsborough County in Florida is located near the center of Florida and has a population of more than 1.4 million people. Many of those individuals have some of their information stored with the county. It's up to the organization to manage all that data and, more importantly, to secure it. Unfortunately, the county failed at the second task. A significant amount of information was recently lost due to a data breach.
Like all the other related breaches, the county relied on the MOVEit file transfer tool to manage some of its data or a third-party organization that uses the tool. The software tool recently suffered an exploit that allows hackers to capture significant amounts of data from any databases connected to the tool. Because of that exploit, vast amounts of information were taken from more than 130 companies, and data was taken from the people of Hillsborough County, Florida.
The breach likely occurred near the end of May or the early part of June in 2023. It was around that time that most companies and organizations were being exploited using the MOVEit security vulnerability.
This breach affected more than 70,000 residents in Hillsborough County that had data stored with the county in some form.
We don't know how many files were lost to the breach, but we suspect it was a large number altogether.