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[Dataloss] Mercantile says laptop theft could put customers at risk
From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Wed May 17 2006 - 11:52:23 CDT
Baltimore Business Journal - May 12, 2006
by Rachel Sams
Mercantile Bankshares Corp. said late Friday that a laptop computer
containing personal information for more than 48,000 customers was stolen
from an employee of subsidiary Mercantile Potomac Bank.
Mercantile Potomac Bank, which serves Fairfax and Loudoun counties in
Northern Virginia, said it is notifying customers about the incident. The
bank said the theft appears to have been random. The stolen computer
contained confidential information about some customers, including Social
Security numbers and account numbers.
Mercantile said there is no indication to date that any of the customer
information has been misused. The bank says it contacted regulators and
law enforcement after learning of the situation.
The Mercantile Potomac Bank employee removed the computer from bank
premises, which was a violation of Mercantile's policies, the bank said.
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