Customer of PeopleFinders in Poland: 148 AffectedFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 1, 2007
Media Contact: Aaron Titus
POLAND. The information in this breach was never exposed on any website owned or operated by PeopleFinders, but on a Polish website unrelated to the company. The information appeared to be a PeopleFinders.com report, and was placed online independently by a third party.
On August 21st, 2007 the Liberty Coalition discovered a copy of a "Comprehensive Background Check with Nationwide Criminal" purported to be authored by PeopleFinders.com. The subject of the report (Report Number:1564209) was "Christina M Snyder," and was apparently issued on 11/12/2006 2:46:02 PM. It purports to be ordered by Christina, but was apparently paid for by "Lukasz Kozacki" of "Tarnowskie Gory, Poland." The price of the report appeared to be $600, and the Money Transfer Control Number was 9057968254. A copy of this report was discovered on a website registered to "Tuszy ski Micha" in "Tarnowskie G ry, Poland." The Whois Registry says the contact phone number is "+48.322853753," and the e-mail address is "email@example.com." The website has since been shut down, and Google has cleared its caches.
The report contained Christina's Address, Phone Number, Social Security Number, Mother's Maiden Name, Drivers License Number, Date of Birth, Routing Number, Bank Account Number, Maiden Name, Previous Addresses, Friends, Neighbors and Relatives' Names and Contact Information, as well as Property Value. It also purported to contain contact information for Christina's purported friends, possible associates, possible relatives, or neighbors.
This breach was reported to the FBI.
Individuals affected by this exposure should immediately visit www.nationalidwatch.org and search for their names, to confirm what types of personal information were exposed. NationalIDWatch.org has a list of recommended steps victims should take.
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