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Hacker Breaches Payroll Company

DATA LOSS—U.S.

February 11, 2010

A Minnesota payroll company is advising more than 1,900 of its customer companies that their employees' personal, sensitive data may have been compromised, eSecurity Planet reports. Ceridian Corp. alerted the FBI and local law enforcement that a hacker accessed the company's Internet payroll system in December. The system contained employee names, Social Security numbers and some bank account information and birth dates. In total, 27,000 employees may have been affected. Ceridian said that represents less than one-tenth of one percent of the employees for whom it provides payroll services. "While the total number of employees affected is small, in our minds one is too many, and we are handling this incident according to our established protocol," a spokesman said.
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