Scottrade Breach Also Included Brokerage Account Numbers
Earlier this month, Scottrade, an online discount brokerage firm, confirmed it was the victim of a data breach that took place during late 2013 and early 2014. At that time, the company said the breached database contained customer Social Security numbers, email address and other sensitive information, but it appeared that only names and street addresses were compromised.
Now, according to the latest information, the data breach also included brokerage account numbers.
“They could have seen Social Security numbers, brokerage account numbers and emails. However, it appears that contact information was the focus of the incident,” said Lizzie Curry, a spokesperson for Scottrade.
Curry could not reveal what information the company used to draw the conclusion that contact data was the focus of the breach, but she did say that they have “secured the intrusion point and further strengthened [their] network defenses.”
Victims of the breach may request free identity protection services through AllClear ID from Scottrade as a result of the breach. The company says it has notified all accountholders with active accounts before 2014 about the nature of the incident, and the steps they may take to secure their ID protection.
Scottrade continues to work with cybersecurity experts to monitor their networks and improve their protection. Stolen passwords were fully encrypted, and thus far, there have been no signs of fraud as a result of the breach.