UPMC identity theft case widens


The data breach at UPMC has widened, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Kris B. Mamula
Reporter- Pittsburgh Business Times


The number of UPMC employees affected by identify theft could reach 27,000, up from just 22 employees when the scheme was uncovered in February.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Friday that phony tax returns were filed for at least 788 UPMC employees so far.  A lawsuit was filed in February against UPMC, claiming the hospital network failed to disclose that fraudsters had obtained social security numbers and other personal information for employees.

For some of the employees, the information was used to file phony tax returns.

A UPMC spokeswoman said officials were continuing to work with federal officials to identify the source of the data breach, according to the Tribune Review. Hospital officials were not immediately available for comment early Friday.

Kris Mamula covers health care, insurance and employee benefits for the Pittsburgh Business Times. Contact him at kmamula@bizjournals.com or 412-208-3825.

Article source: http://www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh/blog/morning-edition/2014/04/upmc-identity-theft-case-widens.html

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