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Bank of America says data breach occured at other company

The data appears to come in part from a security contractor working with the bank

By Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service
February 27, 2013 10:06 PM ET

IDG News Service - Bank of America blamed a data breach on another company that revealed internal emails related to monitoring of hacktivist groups including Anonymous.

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A group affiliated with Anonymous, which calls itself the "Anonymous Intelligence Agency: Par:AnoIA" released what it claims is 14GB of data belonging to the bank and other organizations, including Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and TEKsystems.

Email correspondence in the data suggests that TEKsystems was a contractor working for Bank of America and charged with monitoring public activity by hacker networks targeting the bank.

In a statement, Bank of America did not confirm it was working with TEKsystems, an IT consultancy that is part of the Allegis Group. But it said the source of the data came from a third party. Bank of America said its own systems were not compromised.

"In this instance, a third-party company was compromised," Bank of America said Wednesday. "This company was working on a pilot program for monitoring publicly available information to identify information security threats."

Officials with TEKsystems and Allegis group could not be immediately reached.

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