Peoples Trust recently began notifying its customers that a "possible intrusion into a database on our Web site" was detected during the week of October 7, 2013 (h/t

The database was used to collect online application information. While it didn't contain any banking information such as balances, account numbers, user names or passwords, the database did contain customer names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, birthdates and Social Security numbers.

The company hired a forensic investigator, who determined that the database was compromised by attackers located in China.

"To mitigate the risk, Peoples Trust has arranged for a flag to be placed on your credit file which will alert companies accessing your credit information that your data may have been compromised and that lenders should take additional steps to verify your identity before transacting further," Peoples Trust COO Bill Moffatt wrote in the notification letter. "The notation will stay on your credit file for a period of 6 years unless you choose to have it removed."

Customers with questions are advised to contact (855) 286-8505.

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