Columbia Bank says online hackers breached security


Richard Newman

Columbia Bank, which has the largest share of deposits in Fair Lawn, has notified its online banking customers of a security breach that could make them vulnerable to identity theft.

A hacker or hackers gained access to customers’ names and Social Security numbers. “The intrusion affected all of our customers who have online banking,” Chief Executive Officer Raymond G. Hallock said Monday in a phone conservation.

Account numbers and passwords were not accessed, Hallock said.

He declined to say how many Social Security numbers may have been accessed and offered few other details, citing concerns about compromising investigations underway by the FBI and New Jersey State Police.

Hallock said in a May 18 letter to customers that the bank is offering free credit monitoring for a year. The bank also advised customers to keep a close watch for suspicious activity on credit card bills and bank statements for at least a year.

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