From the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training:
Rhode Island has learned that a recent security breach at
JPMorgan Chase may have impacted up to 1,850 people receiving Rhode Island Unemployment Insurance,
Temporary Disability Insurance and/or Child Support benefits payments through
prepaid debit cards. The security breach, which occurred between July and
September 2013, may have exposed such personal information as addresses, email
addresses, phone numbers and dates of birth as well as card numbers, user IDs
and bank account numbers.
According to JP Morgan Chase, no
evidence exists at this time that any personal or account information has been
used improperly. The bank is notifying impacted card holders by email today and
by mail this week. As a precaution, JPMorgan Chase is offering up to
one year of free credit monitoring service to those impacted by the breach.
"While we are
relieved to learn that no misuse of personal information has been detected at
this point, Rhode Island is concerned that it took more than two months for
JPMorgan Chase to inform states of this security breach," said Department
of Labor and Training Director Charles J. Fogarty. "We expect a full
accounting from JPMorgan Chase about its investigation timetable as well as an
explanation for the significant delay in notifying both states and
disappointed our department and those affected were not notified sooner,"
said Sandra M. Powell, Director of the Department of Human Services. "We
will work with JPMorgan Chase to ensure that proper notification is taking
place and that follow-up services such as continued credit monitoring will be
supplied by JP Morgan Chase to those affected."