In the wake of news that 15 million customers and potential customers of T-Mobile had their data exposed in a hack on credit reporting bureau Experian comes the revelation of another multimillion-victim hack. This time the company affected was Scottrade Inc., a stock brokerage firm.
The company emailed customers Friday to alert them after the FBI told Scottrade its customers' data had been stolen. The hackers accessed contact information and possibly Social Security numbers for 4.6 million Scottrade customers. The breach is believed to have occurred between late 2013 and early 2014.
Security researcher Brian Krebs reports that the hackers likely used the contact information to spam Scottrade's customers with emails attempting to influence the buying and selling of stocks and artificially manipulate stock prices. This is similar to what attackers did with information stolen in the 2014 data breach at JPMorgan Chase.
Scottrade doesn't believe its customers' Social Security numbers were revealed, but the company is offering a year of free credit monitoring to victims of the data breach. Information from Scottrade on the data breach can be found by clicking here. Stay tuned to our Happening Now page for all the latest information on major hacks and data breaches, and visit the Komando.com Security Center for information on how to safeguard yourself in all facets of your digital life.