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
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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