Monday, June 06, 2005

WSJ.com - Citigroup Says Data Lost On 3.9 Million Customers

WSJ.com - Citigroup Says Data Lost On 3.9 Million Customers: "Citigroup Inc. said that computer tapes containing personal information on about 3.9 million customers were lost by United Parcel Service Inc. while in transit to a credit-reporting bureau.
The tapes contained names, Social Security numbers, account numbers and payment history of CitiFinancial customers in the U.S., as well as clients with closed accounts from its CitiFinancial retail-services unit. The tapes didn't include any customer information from the New York financial-service giant's auto, mortgage or any other Citigroup business, or its CitiFinancial customers in Canada or Puerto Rico, the company said.
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"The likelihood of having the information compromised is very remote given the type of equipment that is required to read it," Debby Hopkins, Citigroup's chief operations and technology officer, said in an interview. "Additionally, the information is not in a format that an untrained eye would even know what to look for.""

Well, that's reassuring...
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