Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Hackers Breach Western Union Database

Chuck Bennett and C.J. Sullivan write in The New York Post:

Hackers raided a poorly secured Western Union database and stole the personal data of more than 20,000 customers, including 1,300 New Yorkers, the wire-transfer company admitted yesterday.

The thieves got names, addresses, phone numbers and complete credit-card information after a breach sometime in late May, according to a letter sent to customers by James Keese, Western Union's privacy officer.

The data was held in an "offline" file not accessible through westernunion.com, said company spokeswoman Sherry Johnson.

"We are not aware of any ID theft or any kind of fraudulent use that was made from this information," she said and added that the FBI is investigating the incident.

The company began sending out letters warning customers of the breach on July 6.

More here.

(Props, Pogo Was Right.)


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