Wells Fargo & Co., already in the regulatory spotlightbecause of last year’s fake-account scandal, is drawing renewedscrutiny after a lawyer’s unauthorized release of sensitive clientdetails for tens of thousands of accounts belonging to wealthycustomers of its brokerage unit.

Regulators have started asking questions about thebreach, according to a person with knowledge of the matter,after the data was mistakenly provided to an attorney as part of alawsuit involving two brothers, one a Wells Fargo employee and theother a former employee. A person briefed on the matter said WellsFargo has determined the accounts were all from one brokeragebranch in the Northeast.

Representatives of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authorityinformally contacted at least one of the attorneys involved in thedispute for information about how the breach occurred and how Wells Fargo failed todetect it, said the person, who asked not to be identified becausethe matter isn’t public. Lawyers for the bank are taking steps tocontact regulators about the data breach, according to anotherperson with knowledge of the matter. The person didn’t specifywhich agencies.

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