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Retailer Knew Last Fall about Security Breach

Monty Solomon (
Fri, 15 Apr 2005 22:14:59 -0400

Retailer knew last fall about security breach that recently roiled
credit card companies

By Hiawatha Bray, Globe Staff | April 15, 2005

A computer security breach at Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. that has
recently roiled two major credit card companies actually occurred
last fall. But Polo only made the problem public yesterday.

Breach in security reaches 2d credit firm
MasterCard, Visa refuse to identify retailer whose computer system was hit

By Bruce Mohl, Globe Staff | April 14, 2005

The scope of a computer system breach at a national retailer widened
yesterday to involve the customers of a second major credit card firm,
but those companies refused to divulge the name of the retailer.

The existence of the security breach first surfaced this week when
HSBC North America began notifying 180,000 of its GM MasterCard
customers that their credit card information had potentially been
compromised. HSBC, which issues the GM cards, urged each customer to
replace their card as quickly as possible.

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