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Wells Fargo investigated for possible data breach

Connecticut AG looking into whether company improperly disclosed customers’ Social Security numbers

Nothing says “Happy New Year!” like an investigation from the attorney general. Such is the reality for Wells Fargo & Co., which now must explain to Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen why it may have disclosed customers’ Social Security numbers when it mailed them copies of subpoenas issued by the state Department of Social Services (DSS) as part of a fraud investigation.

The potential breach is just part of a larger probe by the Connecticut DSS into whether state employees falsified financial information for food benefits issued in the wake of Hurricane Irene in August 2011. Improper disclosure of Social Security numbers by individuals or entities without redaction is a violation of state law.

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