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Countrywide alerts victims of data theft




Countrywide alerts victims of data theft
Countrywide alerts victims of data theft



http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/20080913-9999-1b13breach.html 

By Mike Freeman
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
September 13, 2008 

Mortgage lender Countrywide has contacted some San Diego County 
customers to tell them their personal information, including Social 
Security numbers, was stolen as part of a massive security breach 
uncovered about two months ago.

Countrywide, which was recently bought by Bank of America, is offering 
to pay for two years of credit-report monitoring for customers who were 
victims of the breach, according to a letter sent to victims. Some 
letters arrived this week.

On Aug. 2, Countrywide and the FBI in Los Angeles announced that a 
former company employee had been arrested on suspicion of stealing reams 
of personal information of thousands of the company's customers over a 
two-year period.

He sold the Social Security numbers and other data to third parties, 
according to authorities. The investigation is continuing.

Two men, former employee Rene Rebollo Jr. of Pasadena and Wahid Siddiqi 
of Thousand Oaks, have been charged with felonies in the case. Both men 
pleaded not guilty last month. Siddiqi allegedly resold the data.

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