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Commerce Bank Successfully Thwarts Hacking of Client Data

Commerce Bank has detected an attack on a computer that has infected a small number of Springfield clients' information on October 9, 2007. The bank alleged that the personal data of about 20 users was stolen after a cyber-criminal infiltrated early on October 2007 into a computer database with data on 3,000 clients, informs the October 10, 2007 edition of STL Today.

After discovering the attack, the Kansas City bank immediately ceased all operations. Then the Commerce Bank informed the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and teamed up with the bureau to probe the matter.

Fortunately, the database compromised by the cyber-terrorist did not hold any credit card details. Rather, the computer database had private details such as names and contact addresses and a handful of banking details, Executive Vice-President Charles Kim revealed in a statement published by STL Today on October 10, 2007.

Furthermore, Kim stated that the bank's regular screening of its computers discovered the attack. As per Kim, the cyber-terrorist was an extremely sophisticated felon who utilized advanced technology. However, Kim emphasized that the bank hasn't distinguished the cyber-terrorist in particular. The hack was akin to other incidents of hacking that have roots in Eastern Europe.

Kim asserted that very soon, they trapped the cyber-terrorist. The bank thinks that it was successful in forestalling any scam from passing off, but he exhorted clients to examine their accounts regularly to ensure that only legitimate transactions have taken place.

As maintained by the bank, the thievery compromised one-fourth of one percent of Commerce's clients. The 20 odd clients whose data was affected have been informed, and the other clients were explained that there is a chance that the cyber-terrorists had hacked into to their data. Moreover, the Commerce Bank is also offering free credit- supervising service to the exposed clients for a span of two years and a toll-free phone number to call up in case of queries or problems.

What's more, Commerce is urging all its clients to cautiously check their accounts and get in touch with the bank as soon as they detect any fake billings.

Related article: Commerce Bank Issues phishing Alert to its Customers

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