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09 June 2011, 11:41

Customer data stolen from Citibank

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Citibank Logo Recently, hackers have focused on attacking prominent corporations, seemingly with the aim of embarrassing those organisations. But now, criminals have once again chosen a classic target: unknown parties have gained access to the private data of hundreds of thousands of Citibank customers.

The hackers broke into Citi Account Online, where they accessed the names, account numbers, and email addresses of around one per cent of the bank's approximately 21 million credit card customers in North America. According to a Reuters report, the hackers did not, however, gain access to the security codes for the credit cards or to the holders' Social Security numbers and birth dates.

Citibank says that it discovered the break-in at the beginning of May during a routine check. The company reported the event to criminal investigators and says it has since stepped up its security. Affected customers are reportedly being informed.


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