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Third-Party Vendors Responsible for Breach, Breach Scare

DATA LOSS—U.S.

February 16, 2010

An unknown number of current and former employees of a credit reporting firm received W-2 forms in the mail with their Social Security numbers visible through the envelope's window, CNET News reports. The payroll vendor that issued the tax forms said it was "an isolated incident and we immediately took the appropriate steps to ensure that this does not occur again in the future." Meanwhile, a company hired by the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston to assist with university billing has offered to pay for identity theft protection for some 1,200 patients after discovering that a former employee allegedly used a stolen identity to gain employment there.
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