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State AG Queries Bank in Potential Breach

DATA LOSS—U.S.

January 5, 2012

The Wall Street Journal reports that Connecticut's attorney general has asked Wells Fargo whether it illegally disclosed customers' sensitive personal information, including Social Security numbers. In its investigation of potential fraud involving several state employees, the Department of Social Services provided the bank with at least two subpoenas listing suspects. The attorney general said the bank reportedly provided its customers with copies of the subpoenas without redacting other customers' personal data. A spokesman for the bank said it will offer affected customers the "option of signing up for identity theft protection safeguards." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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