Community Bank Accounts May Have Been Hacked


The accounts of hundreds of Community Bank customers may have been compromised in an apparent identity theft attempt involving debit cards.
State police investigators tell 7 News that a database used by the bank was apparently hacked into earlier this month with personal account information of numerous north country customer accounts obtained.

The bank's public relations firm denies that Community Bank's computer systems were compromised.

Pat Spadafore of Eric Mower & Associates, acting as a spokesman for Community Bank, tells 7 News in an e-mail that the VISA debit card network was apparently compromised.

Spadafore said, "Over the last few weeks we were notified by VISA that there were cards viewed to have a possible risk." 

One St. Lawrence County victim had close to $1,000 fraudulently taken from the account.

Another customer told 7 News she was notified of the compromised accounts by Community Bank.

While she was told no money had been illegally taken from her account, she was given a new debit card number.

Spadafore says "VISA has a zero liability policy which protects all of our debit card customers as long as we're notified by the customer according to their agreement."

Thursday, December 8, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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