StanChart clients' data found on seized laptop of 'Messiah'

StanChart clients' data found on seized laptop of 'Messiah'
Above: Standard Chartered revealed on Thursday evening it had lodged a police report after discovering that 650 of its private banking clients had their passwords stolen. It is also known that the passwords were found on the laptop of the self-styled "The Messiah" Inset: James Raj Arokiasamy, who identified himself as "The Messiah"

He first grabbed headlines for allegedly hacking into websites here. Then it emerged that he was on the run for drug offences.

Now police have found files containing data of Standard Chartered Bank clients on a laptop seized from James Raj Arokiasamy aka The Messiah.

The bank said 647 clients had their private information stolen.

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Here is the full statement from Standard Chartered bank:

 Standard Chartered has been notified by the police of the theft of 647 of its Private Bank clients' monthly bank statement for February 2013.

 Ray Ferguson, CEO, Standard Chartered said: "The confidentiality and privacy of our clients are of paramount importance to us, and we take this incident very seriously. Customer data protection is our responsibility and we sincerely apologise to all our customers and specifically to our Private Bank clients who have been affected."

 The Bank has spared no efforts to thoroughly investigate the matter and can confirm that based on investigations to date, the theft did not occur through the Bank's IT and data security systems but through one of the servers of a third party service provider which the Bank engaged to print bank statements for its Private Bank clients.

 As a precautionary measure, the Bank is contacting its affected Private Bank clients.

 No Wholesale Banking clients, SME and retail customers are affected. 


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