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Stolen Wells Fargo Access Codes Threaten 7,000

Thieves may have used credit reporting system to steal personal data

Wells Fargo Bank has notified some 7,000 individuals that their personal data may be at risk from thieves who used the bank's access codes to pull up consumer credit data.

In a letter dated July 31, Wells Fargo states that the attackers may have gotten access to names, addresses, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers, and credit account information.

The Wells Fargo account codes were used to access data at Microbilt, a reseller of consumer information. Most of those affected were not Wells Fargo banking customers, bank officials stated.

An investigation is under way to find out how the access codes were stolen and exactly how they were used.

— Tim Wilson, Site Editor, Dark Reading

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