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370,000 Duke Energy Customers in Carolinas Exposed in Potential Data Breach

Duke Energy announced Tuesday that about 370,000 of their customers in the Carolinas, may have had their addresses, banking data and other personal information exposed in a potential data breach stretching back to 2008.

In a published report, Ryan Mosier said the Charlotte-based utility learned Nov. 10 of the potential breach affecting a vendor that processes in-person payments from Duke customers.

Mosier said the vendor is TIO Networks, a publicly traded payment processor acquired in July by PayPal. PayPal has said the potential compromise involves personally identifiable information for roughly 1.6 million customers.

Of that figure, approximately 374,000 are Duke customers who pay their utility bills at locations like convenience stores that accept the payments.

The customers potentially affected are in Duke Energy Carolinas’ service territory, which mostly covers the western Carolinas

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