Peoples Bank Loses Tape Containing Confidential Data
The Connecticut-based bank says the tape was lost in transit by UPS and that no unauthorized use of the data has been reported.A Connecticut bank is notifying approximately 90,000 of its credit-line customers that a tape containing confidential data is missing, lost while being carried by UPS to TransUnion LLC, a credit reporting bureau. At this time, Peoples Bank said that no immediate sign of misuse or unauthorized activity of the data has occurred. Peoples Bank said the accounts affected by the missing tape are customer and bank employees PCL (personal credit lines) accounts, or the "overdraft protection" associated with a personal checking account. The incident does not affect any customers business credit lines linked to business checking accounts or to equity credit lines, according to a statement released by Peoples Bank, based in Bridgeport, Conn. The missing tape does, however, feature information about PCL accounts, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers and checking account numbers. Attempting to quell any security or privacy concerns, Peoples Bank officials said the tape cannot be read without "sophisticated mainframe and equipment." Bank officials could not be reached for comment for further explanation of specific mechanisms required to retrieve or view the lost data.
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