Thousands of Utahns on alert after data breach

By Glen Mills

Published 12/06 2013 03:00PM

Updated 12/06 2013 04:32PM

SALT LAKE CITY, (ABC 4 Utah) – The Utah Department of Workforce Services is warning thousands of clients on the UCard program to take action.

This after a data breach with the program’s contractor may have put their personal information in jeopardy.

"We're actively concerned about helping our customers protect their identity and we're working with JP Morgan directly to do everything possible to protect that information," said Nic Dunn, with the Department of Workforce Services.

JP Morgan Chase informed DWS that information was compromised in a data breach from July 17th to September 17th, 2013.

"Social security numbers, names and addresses, birthdays, email addresses, security questions for accounts," said Dunn.

JP Morgan administers the UCard program for the state, providing funds for training, unemployment insurance and payroll.

"We're in the business of helping people during a difficult time of their lives and it's frustrating for us to see this kind of breach on JP Morgan servers, because we want steady, reliable service to our customers," said Dunn.

About 97,000 Utahns use the UCard, but at this point it's unclear how many of them had their information breached.

"JP Morgan couldn't tell us how many customers were affected," said Dunn.

That's why DWS is telling all 97,000 to be on high alert.

Anyone on the UCard program should keep a close eye on their accounts and credit report to watch for any fraudulent activity.

JP Morgan Chase is offering free credit monitoring for one year to all UCard customers.

You can contact them at: 1-866-849-5255

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