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Boston Newspaper Delivers Credit Card Numbers Along with Newspapers

by Peter Andrew

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Boston

Newspaper Delivers Credit Card Numbers Along with Newspapers

Financial information from 240,000 Boston Globe and Worcester

Telegram & Gazette newspaper subscribers, including credit

card and/or bank routing numbers, was made vulnerable Sunday

when bundles of Telegram & Gazette papers were labeled with

slips containing the information on the opposite side. The bundles

were sent to retailers and carriers, and the paper was attempting

to recover as many of the labels as possible.

The

Boston Globe informed readers of the error with a letter

in today's edition. The paper said the major credit card

companies and affected banks were informed, and advised subscribers

to check their credit card and bank statements for any fraudulent

transactions.

According

to a Reuters

story on the incident, the reason the credit card numbers

were on the labels in the first place was because the companies

had printed the routing slips on recycled paper containing internal

reports with credit card numbers.

No

actual use of the exposed information has been reported thus

far.

 

Published 02/01/06 (Modified 05/07/12)


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