Breach Alert: Shipping Via UPS May Have Compromised Your Information

What happened?

A computer breach at 51 United Parcel Service store locations in 24 states led to stolen customer names, postal addresses, email addresses and payment card information. UPS announced the breach August 20 citing malware on in-store cash register systems as the cause.

The malware is thought to have had limited reach (one percent of all The UPS Stores) due to each location being a franchise with its own computer system. Customer information may have been compromised at impacted locations from January 20 to August 11, 2014. However, UPS released a statement indicating exposure most likely began after March 26.

What should you do?

Take a look at the list of impacted stores. If you used your credit or debit card at one of the breached locations during the affected time frame, learn about the complimentary identity protection UPS is offering potential victims.

Whether or not you may have been compromised by The UPS Stores breach, it is critical to be proactive with safeguarding your personally identifiable information. EZShield always recommends:

  • Checking your credit report
  • Monitoring your bank statements
  • Watching out for scammers (online, by phone and even via mail) who try to obtain your information to commit fraud

Learn more about data breaches and how to protect your personal information in our Education Center.

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John is General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of Sontiq, the parent company of the EZShield and IdentityForce brands. He is a Certified Compliance...
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