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Under Armour apparel reports data breach

Published: Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 5:44 PM
Updated: Friday, April 20, 2012 @ 5:44 PM

A performance apparel company with retail outlets in Monroe and Jeffersonville notified employees Thursday about a data breach that may have exposed their names, Social Security numbers and salary information, according to an internal memo obtained by the Dayton Daily News.

Baltimore-based Under Armour Inc. told employees in an e-mail message that an unencrypted thumb drive containing employee payroll information was lost in the U.S. mail on or about April 12 by its auditing firm, PricewaterhouseCoopers. The thumb drive was sent by mail in connection with a recent audit, the memo said.

“We are taking this matter very seriously and are working diligently with PwC and local governmental authorities to conduct an investigation and search, but have been unable to locate the thumb drive as of the date of this letter,” wrote the memo’s author, Chip Adams, Under Armour’s chief performance officer.

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Jude Curtis, PwC’s chief ethics and compliance officer, confirmed the loss of the thumb drive.

“PwC is committed to protecting its clients’ confidential information and is working closely with its client to provide protective safeguards to those individuals whose information was lost,” Curtis said in a statement. “The firm deeply regrets that the information was lost in transit to a PwC facility, and is conducting a thorough internal investigation into these events to determine how PwC’s client security protections were breached.”

The company employs 5,400 worldwide. Under Armour officials weren’t aware of any misuse of the employee information. The company has taken steps to guard against any potential problems related to the data breach, according to the memo.

“We are undertaking a thorough review of this incident to help ensure that it will not be repeated,” the memo said.

PwC has arranged for employees to receive free credit monitoring and identity protection, including identity theft insurance. Employees will receive the coverage at no costs for 12 months from the date of activation.

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