Duke Energy warns of possible data breach via leak by PayPal unit

Frederick Owens
December 7, 2017

"This suspension of services is a result of PayPal's discovery of security vulnerabilities on the TIO platform and issues with TIO's data security programme that do not adhere to PayPal's information security standards", said PayPal in November. That company makes digital bill-payment tools for utilities and other firms and also operates a network of kiosks in physical retail stores.

In response, Attorney General Josh Shapiro has requested more information from PayPal about the breach.

Mosier said personal information that may have been compromised includes, name, address, Duke Energy account number, account balance and banking information, if the customer paid by check. PayPal said free credit monitoring will be provided to those affected by the breach.

However, for U.S. companies with no customers who are European Union citizens, there could still be serious penalties on the horizon for tardy breach disclosure.

Equifax, the credit monitoring service, experienced a massive breach impacting at least 145 million people, including 5.5 million Pennsylvanians.

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Duke Energy representatives said customers affected are concentrated in North Carolina and SC.

It calls to mind Verizon's revelations in October, shortly after it acquired Yahoo, that a 2013 breach of the company had actually compromised not one but three billion user accounts.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General is asking those consumers who think they may be affected by the hack to file complaints with his office. It's not clear when the hacking took place or exactly what specific details were obtained, but notably PayPal is taking the issue seriously.

If you believe you were affected by the breach, visit http://tionetworks.com/ for more information.

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