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2.3 million consumer records stolen from FIS subsidiary

Certegy employee accused of selling personal info to marketers

A former employee at a subsidiary of Fidelity National Information Services Inc. allegedly stole 2.3 million consumer records with bank account and credit card information and sold them to a data broker. Some of the records, which were kept by Certegy Check Services Inc. in St. Petersburg, Fla., were then sold to direct marketing companies who used them in telephone and mail campaigns. Certegy said there's no evidence that bank account or credit card information has been used for identity theft or fraudulent financial activity. The employee accused of stealing the information, a senior-level database administrator entrusted with defining and enforcing data-access rights, was fired and the company "is encouraging immediate prosecution." The U.S. Secret Service determined that the unnamed Certegy employee was the owner and operator of the data broker that sold the stolen data to direct marketers. The theft did not involve any "outside intrusion into, or compromise of, Certegy's technolo...