BREAKING NEWS: More Than 79 Banks Suffer Alleged Data Breach


data breach warning signMore than 79 banks have been breached according to “grey-hat” hacker Reckz0r on Twitter.

Following a data release on Tuesday, the hacker claimed on Twitter to have illegally accessed the networks of almost eighty large banks and he said he has more than 50 gigabytes of U.S. and foreign bank data in his hands.

The hacker also claimed that this release is only a fraction of the total amount, the redacted details of which were posted to the Pastebin website.

Credit card details do not appear in this release, though a Pastebin post explains that Reckz0r is censoring pertinent credit card information such as the credit card number and expiration date.

All the banks where the information was taken from have not been named, with the exclusion of Chase, who was named in a tweet. Reckz0r has claimed that other high profile banks were part of the bunch though.

It is not yet clear whether this relates to a breach earlier this year at Global Payments, a credit card processor who handles Visa and MasterCard. No more than 1.5 million accounts were affected, the company said last week. It is not yet clear whether this relates to the Global Payments breach or not.

We will keep you up-to-date as more details are uncovered.


5 Replies to “BREAKING NEWS: More Than 79 Banks Suffer Alleged Data Breach”

  1. I had this happen to me… tens of thousands in my account from severance pay and 401k cash out as well as stocks.. I go to the corner store to get coffee and excedrin for a severe migraine and my account was overdrawn… the bank did NOTHING, the authorities did nothing, 4 years later and I am still paying the price for someone’s criminal act. Had I known about identity theft protection I’d be in much better shape financially now. Why anyone would be without it is as dumb as leaving your purse in your car with the car unlocked…

    1. Sorry to hear about your misfortune. I had a similar thing happen after making a large deposit into my bank account (I’d just sold my house and was depositing the check from the title company).

      I made the deposit on Monday morning and by Friday, noticed that someone had withdrawn $500 a day (the daily max allowable for ATM withdrawals) every day.

      I went to my bank, told them what had happened and in a few weeks, the money was returned to my account. Because the person that did this had access to my account via ATM card, I’m pretty sure it was an inside job which would make it fairly easy to investigate and resolve.

      Even though my situation ended on a positive, I know I was extremely lucky. Also, because the money take was relatively little compared to what I had deposited and the fact that I didn’t need the money immediately also made the whole ordeal slightly less catastrophic but all that said, it was clear that I should use ID Theft Protection.

      Since then I’ve been using an ID theft service (that you can actually get through AmOne) that let’s me know the moment something looks “off”. I even added my wife to the account since a lot of our accounts are linked and over the past few years I’ve noticed a handful of attempts that even though I don’t know for sure how they were thwarted, I know that I sleep better at night knowing my finances and identity are safe.

      1. I think this issue is more common than most people think. It’s happened to me as well (and I am sorry for what you had to go through, Laura and Ivan). The recent hacks demonstrate that there are fail points in various places when it comes to secured transactions. If it’s not at the bank level, then it’s at the processor. If not there, then the credit card issuer. If not there, then it’s a vendor, or, like Laura pointed out, the old fashioned, low-tech way of doing it, physically stealing personally identifiable information.

        While my bank was quick to react and resolve the issues I encountered (my bank has a strong policy in place that favors the consumer), I still utilize identity theft protection. There’s just too much risk involved these days not to have some sort of protection in place.

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