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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