Saturday, September 20, 2008

LOCAL: UPHS Notifies Public Of Lost Payment Data

(previously published here at

The University of Pennsylvania Health System notified an undisclosed number of patients this week that an encrypted backup tape containing personal and credit information was lost in transit by an outside carrier.

Affected persons are those who made payments to UPHS between Feb. 25 and April 25.

Letters were sent to the affected people on Aug. 8 by UPHS and Bank of New York Mellon explaining the loss and detailing the information compromised, which includes names, addresses and checking account numbers. The letters also emphasized that "there is no evidence that the tape was stolen or that unauthorized persons have accessed any information on the tape."

As a precautionary measure, Mellon is offering two years of free credit monitoring and $25,000 in complementary identity theft insurance to each person affected. They assure people that these letters and offers are legitimate.

Heather J. Chin can be reached at

©The Evening Bulletin 2008

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