Hackers strike at data of thousands of Catholic workers in Michigan

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By: Associated Press

(Sarah Welliver/The Elkhart Truth)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Hackers got access to personal information of more than 10,000 people who work for Roman Catholic churches or church affiliates around Michigan.

The Lansing-based Michigan Catholic Conference processes payroll and employee benefits. It is offering a free year of credit monitoring and other services.

Spokesman David Maluchnik tells the Detroit Free Press that names and Social Security numbers probably were stolen. He says there have been many prayers said since the breach was recently discovered.

The employees work at churches, schools, hospitals and orphanages across the state, as well as at diocesan offices in Detroit and six other cities.

No priests or nuns were affected because their personal information is on a separate computer system.