Saturday, February 26, 2005

US bank 'loses' customer details

Hot on the heels of the ChoicePoint case (see below), another large-scale problem with customer data being compromised: as the BBC reports, the Bank of America has revealed it has lost computer tapes containing account details of more than one million customers who are US federal employees. Apparently the tapes went missing while being shipped to a back-up data centre.

The interesting things is that several members of the US Senate are among those affected, who could now be vulnerable to identity theft. Details of Vermont Senator Pat Leahy's credit card account are among those missing, the Senator's spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler said.

This will certainly increase the Senate's propensity to hold hearings on this problem…


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