Possible info breach affects 374000 Duke Energy customers, officials say

Officials Possible data breach affects 374K Duke Energy customers

Officials Possible data breach affects 374K Duke Energy customers

On Friday, Tio Networks, which PayPal bought in July, said it had uncovered evidence of unauthorized access to its network that could have compromised personally identifiable information for roughly 1.6 million users.

"The operations of TIO Networks were suspended to protect customer data as part of an ongoing investigation of security vulnerabilities of the TIO platform", the company said on Monday.

Almost 375,000 Duke Energy Corp. customers may have had personal and banking information stolen in a data breach.

The announcement came from PayPal, officials said, who recently acquired TIO networks.

"While we apologise for any inconvenience this suspension may cause, the security of TIO's systems and the protection of TIO's customers are our highest priorities", PayPal had said at the time.

Among customer information possibly exposed, according to a PayPal spokesman, were names, addresses, bank account details, Social Security numbers and details of login information used to pay bills.

Back in November, PayPal started investigating its newly-acquired subsidiary TIO Networks' servers for security vulnerabilities and chose to suspend the latter's operations after TIO's servers were found wanting in terms of information security standards practiced by PayPal itself.

PayPal launched an internal investigation into the newly-acquired firm's business and hired a third-party cyberforensics company to review the TIO bill payment platform after suspending operations, revealing the data breach.

Any affected customers will be notified by TIO and receive instructions on how to register for one year of complimentary credit monitoring. It added that TIO's services "will not be fully restored until we are confident in the security of the TIO systems and network".

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