The Real Deal Miami

Lenders warn on personal data theft

September 15, 2008 10:54AM

About 750,000 Floridians may have had their personal information compromised after data security breaches at both Countrywide Financial and the Bank of New York Mellon Shareowner Services. The state Attorney General warned customers of the two lenders to closely monitor activity on their credit and bank accounts. A Countrywide spokeswoman said Friday the company was working with authorities to determine the extent of the breach in which the information of two million people was stolen and possibly sold. Countrywide employee Rene Rebollo, Jr. of Pasadena, Calif. and Wahid Siddiqi of Thousand Oaks, Calif. are alleged to have stolen the data and sold it to an undercover federal agent.