Citigroup: Hackers Swiped Credit Card Data from 200,000 Accounts

Paul Lilly

Those of you who have been paying attention to the news lately may have been led to believe that hackers only have it out for Sony. The truth is, those with an Internet connection and a moral ineptitude will target anyone and everyone, and lest we needed to be remind of that, Citigroup says it was hit by hackers who may have swiped credit card information from 200,000 North American accounts.

According to an AP report , Citigroup discovered the breach during a routine monitoring session. The hackers gained access to Citigroup's Account Online service and were able to view customer names, account numbers, and contact information, including email addresses. However, Citigroup says social security numbers, birth dates, card expiration dates, and card security codes were all kept safe.

Citigroup is currently contacting customers affected by the breach, but "for the security of these customers, we are not disclosing further details," said Sean Kavelighan, a spokesman of Citigroup's North America Consumer Banking division.

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