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Thu June 9, 2011
Kilmartin demands information about Citibank data breach
By FLO JONIC & CATHERINE WELCH
PROVIDENCE, RI – Congressman Jim Langevin says he's "shocked" by how long it took Citibank to inform the public of a massive security breach. And Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has fired off a stern letter to Citibank demanding to know how this will impact Rhode Island customers.
Citibank has known for a month that a hacker breached its computer system, stealing the data of about 200,000 bank card holders in North America. But the company didn't admit the breach until a reporter made inquiries.
This, says Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, is a violation of Rhode Island's "Identity Theft Protection" law which requires businesses to inform residents of security breaches in the most reasonable time possible.
Citigroup says the names of customers, account numbers and contact information including e-mail addresses were viewed in the breach. Birth dates, social security numbers, card expiration dates and card security codes were not compromised.
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