Chicago-CS Stars, an operating unit of Marsh, a Chicago-based risk and insurance services firm, today announced that a piece of computer hardware containing personal information of 540,000 injured workers held on behalf of the New York Special Funds Conservation Committee has been found and secured. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has told the company that it is reasonably certain that there was no use of any of the data stored on the hardware.

CS Stars was using the computer to transfer data -- including names, addresses and Social Security numbers -- from the state to the company's computerized claim system, according to a letter sent to the 540,000 people affected by this incident.

The New York Special Funds Conservation Committee is a not-for-profit organization created to defend two funds that are established under the New York workers' compensation law.

In its letter to the workers affected by the incident, CS Stars offered each person a number of free services and coverage, including daily monitoring of national credit reports for 12 months and $25,000 in identity theft insurance. The company will continue to offer these services and coverage to each person. CS STARS says it will follow up by communicating today's news directly to those whose information was stored on the hardware.

Source: Business Wire

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