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44,000 FDIC customers affected by unintentional breach

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44,000 FDIC customers affected by unintentional breach

Data for44,000 customers of the FDIC was "inadvertently" compromised by anoutgoing employee, The Washington Post reportedApril 11.

Citing aMarch 18 memo from FDIC Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy OfficerLawrence Gross Jr. to FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg, the Post reported that Gross told Gruenberg the incident happened inFebruary and that the employee had downloaded the data onto a personal storagedevice — but "without malicious intent."

The memoalso indicated that no sensitive information was compromised. The employee hadlegitimate access to the data "for bank resolution and receivershippurposes," the Post added.

Thenewspaper also reported that as a result of the breach — which the FDICclassified as a "major" incident and subsequently reported toCongress — Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, has asked Gruenberg to provide detailsabout the breach as well as other similar incidents since 2009.

Inaddition, the report cited an FDIC representative as saying that the regulatorhas stopped allowing the majority of its employees to use portable storagedevices. Data affected by the breach included names, addresses and SocialSecurity numbers, according to the news story.