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Breach of Unemployment Benefits

| December 6, 2013


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – More than 1,300 Mainers are being notified that their personal information may have been released in a security lapse in an unemployment benefit payment system.
Maine’s Department of Labor said Friday that recently JPMorgan Chase & Co. notified the state about a possible data breach in September. JPMorgan manages the debit card system for unemployment benefits.

Information that may have been compromised includes card number, date of birth, user ID, password and email address. The state says PIN numbers weren’t released.

Maine’s unemployment system data wasn’t breached and other debit programs run by the state weren’t affected.

JPMorgan is expected to notify those who were affected on Monday by email. It’ll offer free credit monitoring for one year but says it hasn’t found evidence that anyone’s information was improperly used.

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