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July 23, 2017

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Employee info exposed in breach of state medical marijuana site

Personal data of medical marijuana business owners and employees was exposed in a cyberattack on a state database.

Private patient information is considered secure at this time, officials with the Nevada's Division of Public Behavioral Health said.

The agency said in a news release that it became aware of the breach today and has shut down the website while investigators and law enforcement look into the attack.

The information includes Social Security numbers and dates of birth, the agency said.

"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."

The agency said it's contacted the three major credit reporting companies. Those with agent cards are encouraged to do the same.

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