Whizlink.com Breaches 1,299 Records OnlineFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 30, 2007
Media Contact: Aaron Titus
RANCHO CUCAMONGA, California. Sanjiv Bhagat, an employee of California mortgage services company American Vision Financial Inc., was surprised to find that someone was using his username and password without authorization to store sensitive information on his company's server, using a domain registered in his name, but to his company's address. Whizlink.com contained an Excel file which contained what appeared to be a call list with personal information of 1,299 sales leads. Mr. Bhagat insists that he has no idea who the file belonged to, and took immediate action to take the entire site down.
The file appeared to contain full names, addresses, phone numbers, financial information, and individualized comments like, "WAS IN HURRY. CALL AFTER 8 PM," "REFINANCE+DEBTS CONSOLIDATION," "FICO SCORE - 540," "LOAN OFFICER - TIM," "HE IS LOOKING FOR 50000 FOR TO PY OFF THE DEBTS AND FOR THE HOME IMP," and "HUNG UP ON SSN." The file was available through Google.
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