Breach

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

July 3, 2014

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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