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FDIC Security Incidents - What Happened?

The FDIC is an independent agency of the U.S. government that insures deposits placed in banks and savings associations. The FDIC is also responsible for examining and supervising certain financial institutions, which includes reviews of bank account and loan files available at those institutions.

Over the past year, the FDIC discovered a handful of separate but similar incidents involving FDIC employees who downloaded sensitive information to portable electronic storage devices and took the devices with them when they left FDIC employment. Some of the files contained on the storage devices included personal information about customers of certain financial institutions, such as name, home address, Social Security Number (SSN)/ Tax Identification Number (TIN), and bank account information. The former FDIC employees had this information while employed by the FDIC but should not have taken the information upon departure from FDIC employment.

These incidents were due to an action of an FDIC employee in connection with routine FDIC activities and the financial institutions were not involved.  If you have received a letter of notification, please understand that your receipt of this letter does not imply any problem with your financial institution. 

The FDIC has reviewed these incidents and found no evidence to suggest that anyone has misused the information.  However, as a precaution, the FDIC is notifying affected individuals so that they may take steps to protect themselves. We apologize for the inconvenience this causes individuals whose information was included.  Also, since discovering these incidents, the FDIC has taken steps to strengthen its security controls to prevent this type of incident from recurring.

Additionally, in order to protect your identity and credit information, the FDIC is offering to provide you with two years of Identity and Credit monitoring services, as well as identity theft insurance and identity restoration services, at no cost to you, through IdentityForce, a provider of identity, privacy and credit monitoring solutions. Instructions for signing up for the Identity Force services you are being offered are on the Sign Up for Free Services page. Please enroll by February 28, 2017.