885M mortgages, title docs exposed in data breach

NEW YORK – May 29, 2019 – About 885 million mortgage documents dating back to 2003 have been exposed by a data breach within First American Financial Corp., a title insurance provider, the KrebsOnSecurity news site reports.

The breach exposed bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and driver’s license images online, the security site reported.

“On May 24th, First American learned of a design defect in one of its production applications that made possible unauthorized access to customer data,” First American released in a statement to USA Today. First American says it addressed the breach immediately and shut down external access to the application.

“We are currently evaluating what effect, if any, this had on the security of customer information,” the statement read. “We have hired an outside forensic firm to assure us that there has not been any meaningful unauthorized access to our customer data.”

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