A September 2005 security breach that remained undetected until “recently” may have compromised the names, addresses and credit card details of roughly 27,000 online customers of computer memory vendor Kingston Technology Company Inc.
The Fountain Valley, Calif.-based company began sending letters to affected customers informing them of the incident last week.
According to a spokesman, Kingston’s IT team “detected irregularities” in the company computer systems at some unspecified point in time and — along with a team of forensic computer experts — began investigating the issues. It was not until after that probe was completed and a final report released on May 22 that Kingston could confirm the scope of the intrusion and its impact.
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A check-authorizing company said Tuesday that credit, bank account and other personal information on 2.3-million consumers had been stolen, but none of the data were used for identity theft or other financial fraud.
The report from Fidelity National Information Services unit Certegy Check Services Inc., which is based in St. Petersburg, is the latest case of data theft that has troubled corporations, the federal government and universities. Fidelity National Information Services is not related to Fidelity Investments, the nation’s largest mutual fund company.
Court documents filed in a civil case in St. Petersburg allege that a former employee, William G. Sullivan, sold the information to data broker Jam Marketing, which then sold it to several direct marketing companies.
About 2.2-million records stolen from Certegy contained bank account information, and 99,000 had credit card information.