PayPal notifies Pennsylvania of data breach affecting possibly 1.6 million consumers

By Mark Iandolo | Dec 13, 2017

HARRISBURG, Pa. (Legal Newsline) — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Dec. 6 that PayPal has notified his office of a data breach possibly affecting 1.6 million U.S. and Canadian users.

“PayPal did the right thing in alerting our office of the breach, and now is working with us to protect Pennsylvania consumers,” Shapiro said. “I expect other businesses that experience hacks or breaches moving forward will do the same. We will remain vigilant.”

According to Shapiro’s office, the breach actually happened at TIO networks, a company PayPal acquired in July. The alleged data breach occurred prior to PayPal’s acquisition. PayPal notified Shapiro’s Bureau of Consumer Protection without being prompted. Shapiro has requested more information on the situation, including the exact date that PayPal discovered the hack, the number of affected users, and the exact information that was stolen.

“We want Pennsylvanians who believe they’ve been affected by this latest breach or the other breaches to file complaints with us,” Shapiro said. “Our goal is to force change in corporate behavior, so companies entrusted with our most secure information take substantive steps and implement the best technology to safeguard it better in the future.”

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