Auditing firm in multiple-bank breach identified

This story updates the breach first reported yesterday.

J. Harry Jones of the Union-Tribune confirms that laptop computers stolen from an accounting firm may contain personal financial information of many more banks and people than first revealed.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, the laptops were stolen between 4:30 p.m. March 4 and 7 a.m. March 5 from the Laguna Hills office of the accounting firm Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Co. The six laptops (not seven, as originally reported) were not encrypted but required two passwords.

White said he is not authorized to reveal what other banks are involved, whether any besides Borrego Springs Bank are based in San Diego County, or even the number of banks the firm had as clients.

“We’ve approached this very, very seriously,” White said. All the banks involved have been notified and each is making its own decisions about whether to notify its customers and how to otherwise handle the situation, he said.

I guess we’ll just have to wait to see which banks make announcements or send notifications, and when. If anyone has received a notification letter concerning this incident, please feel free to send a copy to this site.

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