PNC Bank: National City Bank debit accounts hacked, hit with fraudBy Ieva M. Augstums, AP
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Former National City Bank debit accounts hacked
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — PNC Financial Services Group Inc. said Thursday it is investigating a breach of accounts affecting former National City Bank customers and their debit-card accounts.
The affected accounts are restricted to the Cincinnati area, and current PNC Bank customers are not affected, PNC Financial spokesman Fred Solomon told The Associated Press.
Bank officials were made aware of the data breach earlier this week, but Solomon would not say how many customers’ accounts have been compromised or how much money was stolen.
PNC Financial, which is based in Pittsburgh, said some customer debit cards were compromised shortly before the company acquired Cleveland-based National City Corp. in December 2008.
“We believe any fraudulent charges that have been made are already in the system,” Solomon said, adding that all National City Bank cards remain active until customers activate their PNC Bank card.
All open accounts are “under an enhanced surveillance,” he added, and the security measures “should prevent any further access to them by any unauthorized individuals.”
PNC Financial said it will work with individual customers to address their concerns, and refund any money that is due to them.
It was not immediately clear if the account breach could have been an inside job.
(This version CORRECTS to delete reference to systemwide breach in previous version)
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