The July 4th Knucklehead Marathon Part Thirteen
Our thirteenth winner is Fidelity National Information Services. They get the award for the following.
JACKSONVILLE -- (AP) -- Fidelity National Information Services, a financial processing company, said Tuesday a worker at one of its subsidiaries stole 2.3 million consumer records containing credit card, bank account and other personal information.Why is Fidelity's subsidiary contacting credit reporting agencies if the data isn't or can't be used for identity theft? Is the company being forthright in reporting the information that was stolen, or they themselves deceiving the people who they lost financial data on? Something smells fishy to me, even if I'm wrong this company didn't put proper safeguards in place to prevent data theft, and that is all it takes to make Fidelity National Information Services today's thirteenth Knucklehead of the Day.
The employee sold the information to an unidentified data broker who sold it to several direct marketing companies, but the data was not used in identity theft or other fraudulent financial activity, officials from Fidelity subsidiary Certegy Check Services said in a conference call.
About 2.2 million records stolen from Certegy contained bank account information and 99,000 contained credit card information, company officials said.
''As a result of this apparent theft, the consumers affected received marketing solicitations from the companies that bought the data,'' said Renz Nichols, president of St. Petersburg-based Certegy.
''We believe that is the extent of any damage to the public,'' he said.
The company has found no fraudulent use of the information. An investigation is continuing by the U.S. Secret Service and Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. Those agencies didn't return phone messages seeking comment.
Certegy has asked a court in St. Petersburg to get back all the information from the employee and the marketing companies as well as to stop its use.
Certegy officials said they had contacted the data broker and the marketing companies and believed it would be able to get the data back and prevent its future use. The broker and the companies did not know they were buying stolen information, officials said. Certegy did not release their names.
Certegy will notify all affected consumers of the theft and has contacted the three major credit agencies, Nichols said.
The employee, whose name was not released, was fired. He was identified as a senior level database administrator who had worked for the company for seven years.
Nichols characterized him as a ''rogue and dishonest employee.'' He said the company will seek civil penalties against the former worker and wants criminal charges filed against him.
The investigation began in May when Certegy learned that some of its customers were being solicited by telephone and mail. It launched an investigation and was unable to detect any breach of its security systems. It hired a forensic investigator to validate its findings and contacted the Secret Service, Nichols said.
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