Establishing Digital Trust: Don't Sacrifice Security for Convenience
Colorado's W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital (WJB) recently began notifying an undisclosed number of clients that their personal information was taken from the company's systems by a former WJB loan officer.
The notification letter [PDF] states that in late July and August of 2013, former WJB loan officer Shelly Logemann, working with another mortgage company, RPM Mortgage, took files from WJB's computer systems.
The data taken had been provided to WJB in connection with loans, and included credit reports, Social Security numbers, bank account information, tax information and other personal data from loan applications.
"After discovering Ms. Logemann and RPM's breach, WJB obtained a court order requiring the return of all private information to WJB, prohibiting the defendants from sending that information to others, and requiring that Ms. Logemann and RPM destroy all copies of the information in their possession. ... WJB has no reason to believe that this information was distributed to the public at large," the notification letter states.https://o1.qnsr.com/log/p.gif?;n=203;c=204650394;s=9477;x=7936;f=201801171506010;u=j;z=TIMESTAMP;a=20392931;e=i
Still, the company says it's providing all those affected with free access to a "credit bureau service related to fraud alert," which will place fraud alerts on the users' credit files and provide them with free copies of their credit reports.