NY Charges First American Financial for Massive Data Leak

NY Charges First American Financial for Massive Data Leak

Posted July 23, 2020

NY Charges First American Financial for Massive Data Leak

  • In May 2019, KrebsOnSecurity broke the news that the website of mortgage title insurance giant First American Financial Corp. had exposed approximately 885 million records related to mortgage deals going back to 2003.
  • On Wednesday, regulators in New York announced that First American was the target of their first ever cybersecurity enforcement action in connection with the incident, charges that could bring steep financial penalties.
  • The records exposed by First American would have been a virtual gold mine for phishers and scammers involved in so-called Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams, which often impersonate real estate agents, closing agencies, title and escrow firms in a bid to trick property buyers into wiring funds to fraudsters.
  • According to the FBI, BEC scams are the most costly form of cybercrime today.

| July 23, 2020