An estimated 885 million digitized documents from mortgage deals dating back to 2003 have been exposed by First American Financial Corp, a provider of title insurance and other services to the real estate and mortgage industries, according to a report by the KrebsOnSecurity security news site.

That exposure apparently puts at risk bank account numbers and statements, mortgage and tax records, Social Security numbers, wire transaction receipts, and drivers license images, Krebs reported, all of which could be read without authentication by anyone with a web browser.

"On May 24th, First American learned of a design defect in one of its production applications that made possible unauthorized access to customer data," the company wrote in a statement provided to USA TODAY. "Security, privacy and confidentiality are of the highest priority and we are committed to protecting our customers’ information."

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