Suspected UMPC hacker accused of stealing employee data from 65,000 UPMC employees arrested in Detroit

Torsten Ove reports:

A man accused of hacking the human resources databases at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center starting in 2014 and stealing the data of 65,000 employees was arrested Tuesday in Detroit.

Justin Sean Johnson is under indictment in Pittsburgh on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud and aggravated identity theft in connection with the 2014 hack at UPMC.

The hack had been covered on this site at the time, as had the fact that some employees subsequently became victims of tax refund fraud.  A lawsuit by employees against UPMC in 2015 was dismissed, however.

The 43-count indictment against Mr. Johnson was returned on May 20 and unsealed today; he appeared briefly Wednesday in the Eastern District of Michigan.

Mr. Johnson, 29, known online as “TDS” and “DS,” stole names, Social Security numbers, addresses and salary information of Pennsylvania’s largest healthcare system, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said.

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