PayPal's TIO Networks says data breach affected 1.6M users

07 December, 2017, 03:51 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • PayPal's TIO Networks says data breach affected 1.6M users

However, the company did emphasize that no Paypal user has been affected by the breach.

On Friday, a company that Duke Energy uses to process its customer's payments from walk-in locations announced the breach, which could affect about 1.6 million customers overall, WYFF reports.

The company is owned by PayPal, and handles Duke Energy's walk-in payment processing centers in six states.

TIO has also begun working with the companies it services to notify potentially affected individuals, and PayPal is working with an unnamed consumer credit reporting agency to provide free credit monitoring memberships. "I expect other businesses that experience hacks or breaches moving forward will do the same".

The personally identifiable information that may have been stolen from Duke Energy customers includes names, addresses, electricity account numbers and banking information if a customer paid power bills by check.

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However, for U.S. companies with no customers who are European Union citizens, there could still be serious penalties on the horizon for tardy breach disclosure.

Shapiro noted that PayPal's actions are in stark contrast to how credit monitoring service Equifax responded to a breach impacting at least 145 million people, including 5.5 million Pennsylvania residents, earlier this year.

In North Carolina, the vast majority of the potential breach applies to customers of the subsidiary Duke Energy Carolinas, which covers Charlotte, the Triad and parts of the Triangle.

The specific kinds of information and data which were compromised.

In a press release, Attorney General Josh Sharpiro said: "We want Pennsylvanians who believe they've been affected by this latest breach or the other breaches to file complaints with us".

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