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Data breach affects Dept. of Workforce Services UCard customers

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Posted at 10:48 AM, Dec 06, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-06 15:21:26-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- A data breach on JP Morgan Chase bank servers earlier this year resulted in inappropriate access of personal information for some Utah Department of Workforce Services UCard customers.

"The breach affected DWS customers who use the UCard, an electronic payment card that provides funds for training, unemployment insurance, and payroll for some state employees," according to a statement from the DWS.

The breach occurred between July 17 and September 17. During that time, personal information was inappropriately accessed.

Approximately 97,000 people use the UCard. A JP Morgan representative told FOX 13 News all of those users were notified, but the company could not provide an estimate of how many people were affected.

Upon hearing of the breach, Utah DWS Executive Director Jon S. Pierpont issued the following statement:

"The department is committed to protecting Utahns’ personal information, and will work closely with JP Morgan to do everything possible to protect the security of our customers. It is very frustrating that such a breach occurred on JP Morgan’s servers, and we are carefully reviewing our relationship with the bank. Our number one priority is providing secure, quality service to our customers, and we will work to ensure all our private sector partners maintain that standard."

Additional details about the breach are expected to be released as DWS officials learn more.

For more information, customers should contact JP Morgan directly at (866) 849-5255.