At least one company stands by Paytime after data breach

Written by Ben Allen, General Assignment Reporter | Jul 8, 2014 4:42 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- The data breach at midstate payroll processor Paytime has affected about 233,000 people nationwide, but also businesses too. Still, despite the incident, at least one company is standing by the company.

FMA Advisory has been a client of Cumberland County-based Paytime for a couple years, and that won’t change, according to President Peter Labella.

The Harrisburg company with eight employees had to change its corporate bank account and Labella recommended his workers also close out accounts and open new ones.

As for assigning blame, he says he doesn't place any on Paytime.

"Anybody can get hacked. Whether it's me or them, or Bank of America or XYZ. Smart people create firewalls and smart people go through them."

Labella disagrees with those who are filing a lawsuit against Paytime, saying data breaches do happen.

"At what point do you say that stuff happens and we're not all, we don't need to sue everybody just because we're disappointed in the result?"

Social Security numbers, bank account information, phone numbers, addresses, and birth dates were all stolen by the hackers.

A federal lawsuit filed June 12th alleges negligence and breach of contract, and the plaintiffs are asking the judge to certify it as a class action lawsuit.

Paytime says it won't talk about the specifics of the case, but adds it's grateful for the support and loyalty of its customers.

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