Data breach at Scottrade

Online brokerage Scottrade has disclosed a data breach that exposed contact information and possibly Social Security numbers for 4.6 million of its customers.

In an email sent on Friday to customers, Scottrade acknowledged that it recently heard from federal law enforcement officials about the cybertheft of information from its systems and other financial services companies.

The company’s notice – now posted on the Scottrade site – says that names, Social Security numbers, street addresses, email addresses and other sensitive data were contained in the system accessed, but “it appears that contact information was the focus of the incident.”

The company said the unauthorized access appears to have occurred over a period between late 2013 and early 2014.

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