Mistake leads to data breach affecting 44k FDIC customers: 5 things to know

In February, a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. employee inadvertently downloaded data to a personal storage device when leaving the agency, according to The Washington Post.

Here are five things to know about the data breach.

1. The data breach, which affected 44,000 customers, occurred when the employee took the storage device on Feb. 26. The FDIC learned of the breach on Feb. 29.

2. The employee returned the device the next day and signed an affidavit indicating the data was not used inappropriately in anyway, according to the report.

2. The FDIC sent an internal memo about the breach on March 18, according to the report. The memo did not indicate what type of information was included in the breach.

3. The internal memo indicated the breach was the result of an error, rather than malicious intention.

5. The FDIC has eliminated the use of personal storage devices for most employees and plans to do so for the remainder of its workers, according to the report.

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