Utah data breach victims told to ignore credit monitoring solicitations
Health IT • Don't pay to extend monitoring, state offering a second year for free.
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Utahns swept up in last year's health data breach may be getting conflicting information about credit monitoring.

The state Department of Health is offering another year of fraud protection to the 280,000 whose Social Security numbers were stolen by hackers. It's supposed to kick in automatically for those who already signed up with Experian.

But some breach victims have received notices from the credit bureau offering to extend monitoring — for a price.

Health officials urge patience and say information about the state-funded credit monitoring hasn't made its way to frontline staff at Experian.

"We're working with them on that. … Hopefully service staff will be trained up soon," said health department spokesman Tom Hudachko. "Everyone should be getting a message some time in the next few weeks about [the -state-paid] extension."

Those who didn't enroll last year now have a second chance. For more information, call Sheila Walsh-McDonald at 801-538-6923, or email her at ombudsman@utah.gov.

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