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UTICA — The Kelberman Center has issued a warning about a data breach at their facility in early November that may have compromised client information.

Kelberman officials said an unknown party had used a client’s electronic mailbox to gain access to a limited number of user mailboxes for a short period of time between Oct. 31 and Nov. 3. Officials believe this suspect may have gained access to a limited number of client files, which contained client names, birth dates, treatments, medications, diagnosis and provider information.

Company officials said they are working with cybersecurity experts and a forensics firm to confirm the scope of the breach and what information was accessed.

The Kelberman Center provides autism services for children, adults and families in Central New York throughout all phases of life, from early childhood through adulthood, including: home and community-based, education, clinical, residential and recreation and camp programs.

Mike Polce, CEO of M.A. Polce IT & Cybersecurity in Rome, said such a breach requires a swift response.

“The main thing is you have to act on it,” Polce stated. His company offers cybersecurity response and guidance to companies, as well as some individuals and households.

“When you think that something is going on, trust your gut and act.”

Anyone who suffers such a data breach should contact a cybersecurity company like Polce’s, he said, because they can help guide you in fixing the problem and stopping it from happening again, he said. His company can wipe an infected computer clean and help set up safeguards.

“We give them direction, we try to help them, get them on the right track,” Polce stated. “Every situation is different.”

Individuals who are victims in such security breaches can also reach out to the New York State Attorney General’s Office for help. The AG’s Office has an Identity Theft Victim Kit available online at www.AG.ny.gov that provides victims with specific instructions for filing a police report and beginning to clear their names.

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