Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Thousands of Illinois realtors, mortgage brokers warned of data compromise

Alert prompted by May 3 breach of state agency server
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is sending out letters to an estimated 300,000 licensees and applicants informing them of a potential compromise of their names, Social Security numbers and other personal data.

The warning follows the May 3 discovery of a security breach involving a storage server at the agency. Among those affected by the breach are real estate and mortgage brokers, pawn shop owners and loan originators licensed to operate in the state. The potentially compromised data is between six and 12 months old and includes names of people who may have applied for licenses with IDFPR, said Susan Hofer, a spokeswoman for the agency.
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