Bank of The West - 11/02/2014

Bank of the West notified individuals regarding a recent data breach that may have involved stolen personal information such as Social Security and driver's-license numbers. The company sent letters and e-mails to anyone who applied for a job with the company before Dec. 19, the date the breach was discovered. Currently they are not releasing any information as to the type of information breached or the timeframes the information may have beeen exposed."It could've been user name and pass code; it could've been more personal information like Social Security numbers, driver's license, date of birth," said Debra Jack, Bank of the West spokeswoman. "We don't have conclusive evidence that personal information was taken, but we sent those letters as a precaution."The target of the breach was an online application system that had been retired earlier in 2013, the company disabled the affected servers and is now investigating with help from the FBI.