Utah hospital patients' information stolen

University hospital offers $1K reward for return of data on 2.2 million people

What the U. will not do, Betz emphasized, is ask people by phone or e-mail for sensitive personal information in connection with the theft. It's fairly typical after some kind of crisis, for someone to scam people by pretending to be part of the solution to the problem. "We would advise you not to release information" that might be used for fraud or identity theft, Betz said, unless you initiate the transaction.

All transport of patient information has also been halted in the wake of the theft, Betz said. Perpetual Storage vice president James Nowa said his company is ramping up security efforts following the breach -- the company's only theft in 40 years, he said.

Anyone with information on the tapes can contact the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office at 743-7000.