Outside storage outfit blamed for data leak blunder

A Register reader, who wished to remain anonymous, show us a copy of a letter dated January 31 that he received from the money-transfer outfit.

The missive admitted that a supposedly secure data storage company used by Western Union was compromised: a database full of the wire-transfer giant's customer records was vulnerable to plundering, and hackers were quick to oblige.

"We have discovered that some of your information may have been accessed without authorization as a result of a computer intrusion against an external vendor system formerly used by Western Union for secure data storage," the letter read.

"We promptly moved our external secure storage to a different vendor's system.

We immediately notified law enforcement, and are actively cooperating with its investigation.

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