Hacking nets thieves Vystar CU's member info

May 31, 2006


Personal information and data of members of a Jacksonville, Fla.-based credit union were stolen by hackers recently.

VyStar CU, a $2.9 billion asset credit union based in Jacksonville, announced Thursday that hackers had stolen data including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, birthdates, mothers' maiden names and e-mail addresses.

Fewer than 10% of VyStar's 344,000 member accounts were compromised.

The credit union notified its IT consulting firm Idea Integration, which confirmed the breach. The hacking did not compromise account numbers; credit, debit, check or ATM card numbers; balance amounts, PINs, passwords, login names or any other account-related information.

VyStar has had no indication that the stolen data has been used or will be used for identity theft or fraud.

The credit union will provide affected members, who were sent a letter about the breach, with Identity Theft 911, an identity and credit monitoring service, for free for two years. The service lets members place fraud alerts on credit files and have ready access to their credit bureau information.

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