Here's what those (unencrypted) tapes contained, according to Attorney General Blumenthal's letter:
BNY representatives informed my office that the information on the tapes contained, at a minimum, Social Security numbers, names and addresses, and possibly bank account numbers and balances.
That's just great, isn't it.
At first, we thought there were 4 million whose private financial information was on those tapes; turns out now that there could be up to 10 million. Here's what Connecticut Gov. M. Jodi Rell has to say in a statement released yesterday:
"It is simply outrageous that this mountain of information was not better protected and it is equally outrageous that we are hearing about a possible six million additional individuals and businesses six months after the fact," Governor Rell said. "We fear a substantial number of Connecticut residents are among this latest group."
I couldn't agree more. There is absolutely no acceptable excuse as to why this information was not encrypted on these tapes. None.
The BNY Mellon has set up this Web site for those who may have been affected by this incident.