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From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Fri Apr 16 2010 - 03:59:10 CDT
Original event posted by Lyger on Mar 11, 2010. Article:
Swiss HSBC data breach victim count trebles
How deep does the rabbit hole go?
By John Leyden
Posted in Enterprise Security, 15th April 2010 10:23 GMT
A French prosecutor said bank account details of 79,000 customers was
stolen from the Swiss subsidiary of HSBC, three times the number
previously admitted by the bank.
Bosses at HSBC Private Bank (Switzerland) admitted last month that details
of 24,000 bank customers were taken by an IT worker at the bank three
years ago. However, analysis of the stolen files shows that they refer to
127,000 accounts maintained by 79,000 people, French prosecutor Eric de
Montgolfier said on Wednesday, AFP reports.
French police obtained the encrypted files after raiding former HSBC
computer specialist Herve Falciani's home in France back in January 2009.
Authorities in France are seeking to use the data to investigate suspected
tax evasion by wealthy French taxpayers.
Italian authorities are also interested in the data as part of a similar
investigation into money laundering and tax evasion.
Information on 8,231 French account holders and 7,000 Italians is
contained in the stolen data cache.
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