UnitedHealthcare data breach leads to ID theft at UC Irvine

Robert McMillan reports in ComputerWorld:

A data breach at United Healthcare Services Inc. has led to a rash of identity-theft crimes at the University of California, Irvine.

To date, 155 graduate and medical students at the school have been hit by the scam, in which criminals file false tax returns in the victim’s name and then collect their tax refunds. The breach affects 1,132 graduate students who were enrolled with the university’s graduate student health insurance program in the 2006-07 school year, said Cathy Lawhon, the university’s media relations director.

UC Irvine police and IT staff have been investigating the crime for several months, she said.

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