Italian banking giant
SpA is investigating the possibility of a data breach that the lender believes could be related to a similar hacking incident at
Capital One Financial
, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The company is examining whether a directory held on a cloud server was accessed without authorization. UniCredit said in a statement that it had contacted the relevant authorities and is actively investigating the matter.
“Data security and privacy are our key priorities at all times,” the statement said.
Capital One, the fifth-largest U.S. credit-card issuer, said Monday that a hacker accessed the personal information of approximately 106 million card customers and applicants, one of the largest-ever data breaches of a big bank.
In a blog post Tuesday, cybersecurity consultant Brian Krebs published a screenshot that purports to show a list of directories that the hacker accessed. One of the directories was named “unicredit.”
Unicredit’s main regulator, the European Central Bank’s supervision arm, said it doesn’t comment on specific banks.
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