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Boston Newspaper Delivers Credit Card Numbers Along with Newspapers

by Peter Andrew
Boston Newspaper Delivers Credit Card Numbers Along with Newspapers

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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 rouing 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.

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