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The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hit by data breach

UPMC has been hit by a data theft, reported in February, and up to 27,000 employees are currently at risk of having their identities stolen.

Published Sun, Apr 27 2014 4:11 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jun 16 2020 4:29 PM CDT

Personal information of almost 27,000 University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) employees has been exposed in a data breach first reported in February. For all employees with their Social Security Numbers stolen, they have received an advisory letter informing them that personal information is at risk.

The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hit by data breach | TweakTown.com

"As of today, 788 employees have been the victims of tax fraud," according to Gloria Kreps, UPMC spokesperson. "We want to assure our patients that no patient information was breached. We are continuing to work with the IRS, Secret Service and FBI to determine the source of the breach. We continue to urge our employees to register with LifeLock as an important step to deter any additional fraudulent activity."

A previous UPMC statement reported just 322 affected employees following the breach, though that number is expected to go up. It's still unsure how the information was stolen, though criminals did find success filing fraudulent tax returns for UPMC workers.

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