High-profile hacks have become somewhat of a common-thing in recent months, with Sony taking a huge brunt of the attacks. Just today it’s been reported that another large corporation has been infiltrated by an unknown group of hackers. Citibank has reported that an estimated 210,000 North American customers have been affected by a security breach of its Citi Account Online Web portal.
Information such as names, account numbers, and contact details were compromised, though the silver lining appears to be social security numbers, birth dates, and card verification codes weren’t affected – they were stored on non-compromised systems. But some folks have reported that they’ve had their debit cards cancelled without their knowledge – possibly a result of the attack.
What’s surprising is that Citi only confirmed the hack today when the attack occurred in early May – after The Financial Times reported about the situation this morning. Investigation about the situation is currently ongoing, but in the meantime Citi has said that the company has “implemented enhanced procedures” to prevent such attacks from happening again.
Nothing is safe anymore in today’s online world, and with all these attacks going on, it’s going to be difficult to convince people to embrace the world of online banking if they haven’t done so yet. Were any of you affected by the latest hack to Citi?
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