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TD Bank backup tapes lost: 260,000 customers at risk

updated 06:05 pm EDT, Mon October 15, 2012

Info lost includes full names, dates of birth, account data

Cherry Hill, NJ-based TD Bank has reported to the Attorneys General of 11 states that 260,000 customers may be affected by a data breach. Unencrypted backup tapes including names, address, date of birth, driver's license number, account information, and Social Security numbers were "misplaced" by the bank during a transport in March.

The bank has started sending letters to customers whose data was lost, and is offering them a transfer of funds to a new account number, credit monitoring and identity theft protection, all free of charge. TD Bank is not aware of any misuse of customer information.

"The loss of these tapes potentially puts the personal information of thousands of Massachusetts consumers at risk, and we remind consumers to take appropriate steps to protect themselves," said Attorney General Martha Coakley in regards to the massive data loss. "We will be reviewing the circumstances of this breach and the steps that TD Bank is taking to address the loss."

by MacNN Staff



  1. ElectroTech

    Junior Member

    Joined: 11-26-08

    [SIZE=4]I fail to see how this has anything to do with Apple, Macintosh, OS X, iOS, iPhone, iPad, iPod etc. Only ancient computers use 'tapes' and Apple never did. Please stop printing this stuff.[/SIZE]

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    I'm fairly certain that Dantz will be quite shocked that there are no tape backup solutions for the Mac, considering that they've been writing software to utilize the devices for nearly 20 years. Many Fortune 500 companies still use tape for backup and archival purposes, including, apparently, TD Bank.

    We are fairly certain that a number in the thousands of the affected have some form of Apple device in their possession, thus, the inclusion on MacNN.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Translation of electrobits' post: "I am not very knowledgable about backup systems, being too young to own a business or know anything of computer history, and have not created anything important enough to have ever considered more permanent archival systems. Also I'm not a TD customer, therefore I don't see how this could possibly be of interest to anyone else, since nobody with a Mac or iOS device could possibly be a TD customer." :lol:

  1. ElectroTech

    Junior Member

    Joined: 11-26-08

    My sister who works for TD has never seen a Mac there and I doubt that their servers are Macs.

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