Database admin at Fidelity National stole more data than thought

Database admin at Fidelity National stole more data than thought
Database admin at Fidelity National stole more data than thought 

By Jaikumar Vijayan
July 26, 2007 

A senior database administrator at a subsidiary of Fidelity National 
Information Services who was responsible for defining and enforcing data 
access rights at the firm took data belonging to as many as 8.5 million 
consumers -- not 2.3 million, as originally disclosed by the company.

The new number was disclosed yesterday in filings by Fidelity National 
with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The company 
warned of the possibility that even more data may have been compromised 
in the breach. Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fidelity National, which is not 
connected with the more widely known mutual funds company Fidelity 
Investments, is a transaction processing and outsourcing services 
provider to the financial industry.

On July 3, Fidelity National disclosed that a database administrator, 
who is no longer with the company, had illegally downloaded and sold 
customer data to a data broker. The data broker, in turn, sold a subset 
of the data to other direct marketing companies. The stolen data 
included names, addresses, birth dates, and bank account and credit card 
information, the company said.

The database administrator worked for Certegy Check Services Inc., which 
provides a check-authorization service to help merchants decide whether 
to accept checks as payment for goods and service.

In its SEC filing, Fidelity National said that an investigation into the 
theft showed that 8.5 million records were stolen. Of that number, about 
5.7 million records were checking account records and about 1.5 million 
records included credit card details. The remaining records contained 
only identifying information such as names, addresses, dates of birth 
and telephone numbers.

"This is an incremental increase of approximately 3.5 million checking 
account records and approximately 1.4 million credit card records over 
our announcement on July 3, 2007," Fidelity National said in its 
statement. Fidelity added that a portion of the stolen data was taken 
from the company's credit card issuance business.

Fidelity said it "continues to see no evidence of the stolen information 
being used for anything other than marketing purposes. Although the 
company does not anticipate significant liability to consumers or for 
financial fraud, there can be no assurance that this matter will not 
result in fines or other consequences that adversely impact the Company 
or its relationship with governing organizations, customers or 

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