Google blocks access to email to prevent 'needless and massive' Goldman Sachs breach

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American multinational investment banking firm Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. said on Wednesday that Google has complied with a request to block access to an email containing confidential client data, which was mistakenly sent by a contractor to a stranger's Gmail account, according to Reuters.

The information included “highly confidential brokerage account information,” Reuters reported, citing a complaint filed on Friday in a New York state court in Manhattan. Goldman Sachs had been seeking a court order imploring Google to block access to the email.

A Goldman Sachs spokesperson told Reuters that no client information has been breached because the recipient had not accessed the Gmail account between the time the email was sent – on June 23 – and the time Google blocked access.

The contractor was testing changes to Goldman Sachs's internal processes when the incident transpired.

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