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July 5 Investment research firm Morningstar Inc
said personal information, including credit card
details, of about 2,300 users of its Morningstar Document
Research service may have been compromised due to a security
breach last year.
The incident on April 3, 2012 may also have led to the
leakage of names, addresses, email addresses and passwords, the
company said in a filing on Friday.
Morningstar Document Research, formerly 10-K Wizard,
provides a global database and search tool for company filings.
An additional 182,000 clients who had email addresses and
user-generated passwords on the system may also have been
affected, Morningstar added.
"We have encouraged clients whose credit cards may have been
compromised to monitor their credit reports and credit card
accounts," the research firm said.
The company has also sent notices to its clients asking them
to reset their passwords.
Morningstar spokeswoman Margaret Cohen said the company
became aware of the breach in late May and began informing
clients in June. The matter became public on Friday when
Morningstar released its 8K filing, which it does on the first
Friday of every month, and uses as an opportunity to answer
questions that have been posed to the company. In the filing,
the company said the financial impact was minimal.
(Reporting by Avik Das in Bangalore and Svea Herbst-Bayliss in
Boston; Editing by Sreejiraj Eluvangal and Lisa Shumaker)