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USFirst American says product defect could have caused customer data exposure

16:40  25 may  2019
16:40  25 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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First American said it had shut down access to the application and was evaluating the impact of the defect . “We are currently evaluating what effect, if any, this had on the security of customer information. We have hired an outside forensic firm to assure us that there has not been any

First American said it had shut down access to the application and was evaluating the impact of the defect . "We are currently evaluating what effect, if any, this had on the security of customer information. We have hired an outside forensic firm to assure us that there has not been any

First American says product defect could have caused customer data exposure© David Cliff/NurPhoto Shoppers walk along Regent Street in London, England, on February 9, 2019. February 15 sees the release of the first monthly retail sales figures of the year (for January) from the UK's Office for National Statistics. December figures revealed a 0.9 percent fall in sales from the month before, which saw a 1.4 percent rise widely attributed to the impact of 'Black Friday' deals encouraging earlier Christmas shopping. More generally, with a potential no-deal departure from the EU growing nearer and continuing to undermine consumer confidence in the UK, economy-watchers have little cause for optimism at present that any kind of turnaround for Britain's struggling retail sector might be on the horizon. (Photo by David Cliff/NurPhoto via Getty Images) (Reuters) - U.S. real estate title insurance company First American Financial Corp said on Friday it had learned of a design defect in one of its production applications that had made possible unauthorized access to customer data.

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First American said it had shut down access to the application and was evaluating the impact of the defect . “We are currently evaluating what effect, if any, this had on the security of customer information. We have hired an outside forensic firm to assure us that there has not been any

First American said it had shut down access to the application and was evaluating the impact of the defect . “We are currently evaluating what effect, if any, this had on the security of customer information. We have hired an outside forensic firm to assure us that there has not been any

The statement was sent in response to a report by security news website Krebs on Security, which said First American's website had exposed about 885 million files dating back to 2003.

First American said it had shut down access to the application and was evaluating the impact of the defect.

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

Digitized records including bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, social security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and drivers license images were available without authentication to anyone with a web browser, according to the Krebs on Security report.

The report added that there was no information on whether fraudsters had been aware of the exposure.

First American Financial shares fell 2.2 percent to $54.05 in after-market trading.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien)

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