233,000 could be affected by payroll company breach - abc27 WHTM

233,000 could be affected by payroll company breach

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - It's believed 233,000 people from across the country could be affected by a data breach in which personal information may have been compromised, Paytime Inc. announced Tuesday.

The Upper Allen Township payroll company said a majority of those impacted are Pennsylvanians. However, there are others in nearly all 50 states.

The statement stems from a data breach where hackers gained access to Paytime’s client service center on April 7.

Paytime discovered the breach April 30 and disabled the client service center.

abc27 reported in May that hackers obtained personal information which included names, social security numbers, addresses, and banking information.

The company says all of those potentially affected have been notified.

abc27 spoke with an East Pennsboro Township woman who said she was notified after a former employer apparently used the service. She had the job five years ago.

“It’s not something that you would even realize that your information is still being kept on file,” Michelle Bobar said.

Paytime Inc. released this statement on Tuesday:

"Paytime wishes to express appreciation to our customers for their patience as we  continue to respond to our recent IT security incident, to answer their questions, and to maintain our focus on providing them the best possible services.  On April 30, 2014, Paytime discovered a compromise of user names and passwords related to our Client Service Center.  We disabled  the Client Service Center, thereby preventing further unauthorized access.  We are working closely with third party forensics experts, as well as law enforcement, to develop accurate and thorough information about this incident.

While our investigation and that of law enforcement are ongoing, we can report that approximately 233,000 individuals are potentially affected by this incident.  While the vast majority of the affected individuals reside in Pennsylvania, there are affected individuals in almost all 50 states.  Paytime has notified all affected customers about this incident and has provided notice to affected individuals, state regulators and consumer reporting agencies.  To assist these individuals in safeguarding their personal information, Paytime is offering 12 months of access to credit monitoring and identity restoration services at no cost to the affected individuals.   All enrollees are eligible for AllClearID's long-term protection program.  This added coverage is at no cost to the affected individuals and can be extended indefinitely.  Paytime is also providing guidance on other means of monitoring personal information in its communications to the affected individuals.

The security measures we have put into place include intrusion detection and monitoring systems. The security of our systems and our customers' information is our priority, as we strive every day to earn the trust and confidence of every Paytime customer.
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