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Scottrade had no idea about data breach until the feds showed up

The breach affected around 4.6 million customers’ names and addresses.

Blair Hanley Frank

IDG News Service

  • Oct 3, 2015 12:05 PM

When an organization gets hacked, ideally they’ll realize it promptly and warn their users right away. Take crowdfunding site Patreon, which was hacked on Monday and has already informed the world about the problem. Scottrade, an investment brokerage company, is different, and not in a good way.

The company announced Friday that it suffered a security breach over a period of several months from late 2013 to early 2014, affecting approximately 4.6 million customers. But in a statement, Scottrade said it had no idea that the breach had occurred until law enforcement officials told them about it.

Remember: This is a company that is charged with storing real money and managing investments. Let that sink in for a second.

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