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National Bank customer data stolen

National Bank customer data stolen
National Bank customer data stolen

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September 24, 2008

A determined thief managed to break into a locked office at National 
Bank of Canada's Montreal headquarters, avoid various security measures 
and pinch a laptop computer containing information about most of the 
bank's mortgage customers.

The theft occurred some time last Friday, said bank spokesman Denis 
Dub=C3=A9. The thief broke into an employee's office and took the laptop 
computer, which was anchored by a cable. "The computer was linked to a 
cable and the cable was cut," he said. Nothing else was taken from the 
office and police are investigating.

Mr. Dub=C3=A9 said the computer contained some information about customers 
who have mortgages with the bank. He declined to say exactly how many 
names were on the laptop, other than it was a "high percentage" of the 
bank's clients.

National Bank is the sixth-largest bank in the country and has roughly 
30 per cent of the market share for financial services in Quebec.


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