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The breach comes after data attacks in recent weeks have struck at companies including Internet search leader
The bank said hackers weren’t able to gain access to social security numbers, birth dates, card expiration dates or card security codes. That kind of information often leads to identity theft, where cyber criminals empty out bank accounts and apply for multiple credit cards. That can debilitate the finances and credit of victims.
Federal regulators have taken notice and are asking banks to improve security.
“Both banks and regulators must remain vigilant,” said
–Also in April, hackers penetrated a network operated by a data marketing firm Epsilon. The company handles email communications for companies like
The number of data breaches in the last two months sets a “high water mark,” said
“Attackers have realized that most organizations have not properly protected databases,” Ottman said.
Cyber attackers have a variety of less-dangerous motivations, from mischief to online activism. For example, a group identifying itself as LulzSec claimed credit for the fake
But often such data breaches are an attempt to steal personal data, which is likely the case with
The fact that the
“But any ID theft is worrisome for consumers,” Grant said. She believes companies are responsible for protecting their customers’ information from internal and external abuse.
In an emailed statement,
“For the security of these customers, we are not disclosing further details,” he said.
Chang reported from