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County employee info hacked, tax fraud reported PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL SCHANEN IV   
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 20:10

Nearly 200 employees, officials are victims of ID theft traced to breach at company that manages personal data

The personal employment information of 190 Ozaukee County employees and elected officials, including W-2 forms and Social Security numbers, has been stolen by computer hackers who in some cases have used it to file fraudulent income tax returns, county officials said Tuesday.

About 20 employees who attempted to file tax returns have been informed by the Internal Revenue Service that their forms have already been received, apparently filed by hackers intent on stealing the refunds, County Administrator Tom Meaux said. Among those employees is Human Resources Director Jason Dzwinel, who informed employees of the data breach in a letter Tuesday. 

“We know of about 20 employees so far, but I’m sure there will be more,” Meaux said. “I filed my tax returns early and already received my refund, but my information was compromised, so like other employees, I’m still at risk for other forms of identity theft.”

As the problem became apparent last week, the county had its internet technology consultant inspect its internal computer network.

“They didn’t find any problems,” Meaux said. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2016 20:13
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