Thursday, May 22, 2008

Attorney General Concerned Over Banks Lost Tape

Attorney General Richard Blumenthal recently issued a dire warning to all customers of Peoples United Bank located in Bridgeport CT. The warning stems from the loss of a un-encrypted tape, whereas unencrypted means that anyone who is computer savvy will have the ability to get the information contained on it.

This information, although some details are murky, is known to contain the account numbers, social security numbers, addresses, and other vital data of Peoples United Bank customers. Blumenthal is concerned that should this information fall into the hands of Identity thieves than the bank should be responsible for restitution to its customers and be held accountable for its mistake.

A spokesman for the bank said that the tape was most likely "lost in transit," where it was en route to the Bank of New York when an employee noticed the tape could not be located. Blumenthal was concerned over the banks lapse in time between its being reported lost to the authorities.

Customers who are concerned over their identity being stolen, or are suspect that the information contained from the lost Peoples tape has fallen into the hands of a criminal are urged to immediately contact the Attorney Generals office in Hartford, CT for advice and to file a report.

This matter is currently still under investigation and anyone with any information on the whereabouts of this tape should contact their local Police department.

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