4.6 million customer records stolen from brokerage firm Scottrade

4.6 million customer records stolen from brokerage firm Scottrade
Credit: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

Retail brokerage firm Scottrade announced today that roughly 4.6 million customers’ records were stolen in a security breach that occurred sometime between late 2013 and early 2014.

The company says it was recently informed about the theft by federal law enforcement officials, and has reason to believe that hackers gained access to millions of its customers’ names and street addresses.

It says that client passwords remained fully encrypted and that it hasn’t noticed any fraudulent activity as a result of this incident.

Scottrade is offering affected customers a year of complimentary identity protection services through AllClear ID.

It’s the second major breach to be reported in the US this week — only yesterday, credit application processing firm Experian noted that 15 million T-Mobile customers’ details were stolen from its systems.

Cyber Security Update [Scottrade]

Image credit: Ken Wolter / Shutterstock.com

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