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Direct-deposit info sent to wrong people
AUGUSTA, Maine (6/5/09)--Credit unions in Maine may want to note that about 600 individuals receiving unemployment benefits in the Augusta, Maine, area received direct-deposit information--including Social Security numbers--that did not belong to them. Dick Thompson, head of the state Office of Information Technology, said the office is treating the incident as a security breach. The mix-up resulted from a printing error at the office. The mailings contained information for each recipient plus that of another individual. Of the 5,000 forms the office sent, 597 were incorrect (Kennebec Journal June 4). The office sent a message to recipients about the problem within 48 hours to let them know what happened. It is taking full responsibility for the mistake, Thompson told the newspaper. There have been no reports of the data being misused, the Journal said. The incident is different from a typical credit card breach because the information was given to one other person, and if the data are misused, the office can identify who has the affected person’s information, Thompson said. Credit unions in Maine have dealt with several security breaches in recent years, including a Hannaford Bros. breach in March 2008 and a TJX data breach in January 2007. TJX owns several retail stores, including TJMaxx and Marshalls.
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