The NCUA said Monday an external flash drive that contained the names, addresses, Social Security numbers and account numbers belonging to members of the $13 million Palm Springs Federal Credit Union in California was lost during a recent exam.

The agency's comment came after unnamed sources told CU Times an NCUA examiner was responsible for the lost drive. Although the NCUA confirmed the loss of the data, it would not confirm that an NCUA examiner was responsible for the loss.

"NCUA confirms the loss of a thumb drive during an exam, which did not include passwords or PINs. NCUA has received no indication of any unauthorized access to members' accounts or attempts to gain improper access," John Fairbanks, public affairs specialist, told CU Times.

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