Citibank hack lifted 200,000 names, emails, acct numbers

[FONT=Times New Roman][FONT=Arial]Citigroup has admitted that hackers could have grabbed thousands of account details for its credit card customers.

The breach hit Citi Account Online systems and information potentially accessed was limited to names, email addresses and account numbers. Birth dates, PINs and other sensitive information is held elsewhere the bank said.

The bank has contacted police and tightened fraud procedures, according to the FT which first publicly revealed that the break-in had taken place.

Citibank said about one per cent of its 21m card holders in the US could have had their data compromised. The security hole was found during routine checking in early May.
The bank told the paper that only credit card customers were hit, but several customers told the paper they’d had debit card transactions stopped. Citi said it was contacting affected customers but would not confirm whether any had seen dodgy transactions on their cards.

Citibank said: “During routine monitoring, we recently discovered unauthorized access to Citi’s Account Online. A limited number – roughly one percent – of Citi bankcard customers’ account information (such as name, account number and contact information including email address) was viewed. The customer’s social security number, date of birth, card expiration date and card security code (CVV) were not compromised. We are contacting customers whose information was impacted. Citi has implemented enhanced procedures to prevent a recurrence of this type of event. For the security of these customers, we are not disclosing further details.

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Citi says 360,000 customers hacked in May cyber attack

(Reuters) - Citigroup Inc said a cyber attack in May affected over 360,000 of its customers, or almost twice the initial number that the bank’s figures had suggested.

After a week of being pressured over its delayed disclosure of the data breach, the third largest U.S. bank by assets revealed more details in a statement late on Wednesday.

The breach, which Citigroup first made public on June 8, was initially detected on May 10.

A total of 360,083 North American Citigroup credit card accounts were affected by the breach, the bank said.

The bank said about 1 percent of North American card customers had been affected, reiterating comments made last week.

But the bank’s annual report says that number of customers totals 21 million, which initially indicated that about 200,000, rather than over 360,000, customers had been affected.

Citigroup said it had reissued credit cards to 217,657 accounts along with a notification letter, Citi said.

(Reporting by Maria Aspan in New York; Editing by Lincoln Feast)

Yeah right! Hacking is widely experience nowadays!
People who are stupid enough for they have ruin people’s lives just for their own good! :mad:

As this, no matter how harsh the situation is, Citigroup never fails to give confidence with the people. As this, not to be defeated by the rivalry, Citigroup is blasting out credit card promotions by mail in the 3rd quarter, according to the Wall Street Journal. Research firm Synovate estimates over 346 million charge card offers will be dispersed in Q3 2011. That’s more than one for every man, female and child in the United States, at a cost exceeding $240 million. I have read this here: Citigroup pushing record number of credit card offers via mail. And for that determination they have over this past years, I admire them for being such!