Posted at 11:56 p.m. PST Sunday, January 4, 1998 Japanese bank says cyber-thieves stole customer data Reuters TOKYO -- Cyber-criminals rifled through confidential computer records of a major Japanese bank and stole information on customers' names, telephone numbers, addresses and even birthdays, the bank said on Monday. Sakura Bank Ltd said data on up to 20,000 of its 15 million individual customers could have been stolen and that it had confirmed that files on at least 37 were then leaked to a mailing-list vendor in Tokyo. The data included customers' names, telephone numbers, and birthdays, a Sakura Bank spokesman said. However, the thieves did not gain access to customer accounts and no money was stolen, the spokesman said. The data was likely to have been stolen when bank affiliate Sakura Information Systems Co changed the software for its computer system last year, the spokesman said. He declined to give details of the change or the name of the parties involved in installing the new system. The computer system was used for such purposes as managing customers' time deposits. Sakura Bank had contacted the police on December 30 to urge them to launch a probe into the incident, the spokesman said. )1997 Mercury Center. The information you receive online from Mercury Center is protected by the copyright laws of the United States. The copyright laws prohibit any copying, redistributing, retransmitting, or repurposing of any copyright-protected material.
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