UCSF Establishes Identity Theft Website, Hotline

UCSF has established a website and hotline number after news that personal information of UCSF faculty, staff and students may have been accessed by an unauthorized party due to a possible compromise in security of a computer server. UCSF contacted about 46,000 people to alert them to look for signs of identity theft and advise them of steps to protect personal information today after news that their personal information, including names, social security numbers, and bank account numbers used for electronic payroll and reimbursement deposits may have been released from a server located at the UC system-wide data center. The incident was identified in late March, and the server was immediately taken off-line. Those who determine that their accounts have been misused or that an account has been fraudulently established using their identity, should contact the UCSF Police Department at 415/476-1414 and their personal bank and credit agencies. Those who have questions about this matter, should contact the UCSF Enterprise Information Security hotline at 415/353-8100 or by email. More information is provided at the following website.
In addition, the following agencies can provide additional information about identity theft:

* Federal Trade Commission

* Social Security Administration fraud line (1-800-269-0271)
Major Credit Bureaus:
* Equifax (1-800-525-6285)
* Experian (1-888-397-3742)
* TransUnion (1-800-680-7289)

* Identity Theft Victim Checklist
Related Links: March 2007 Security Breach Information
UCSF Office of Academic & Administrative Information UCSF Reports Possible Compromise in Computer Security
UCSF News Release, April 4, 2007 Security Breached at UCSF
San Francisco Chronicle, April 15, 2007