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Citigroup: 360,000 accounts breached

| Friday, June 17, 2011

Citigroup Inc., the third-largest U.S. bank, said more than 360,000 credit-card accounts, or 1.5 percent of the bank's total, may have been affected in a hacker breach last month.

The bank said last week that "roughly" 1 percent of total accounts had data compromised. Based on the bank's publicly disclosed 21.1 million credit-card accounts as of March, that would have meant about 210,000 accounts were breached, a figure that was widely reported.

The new figure, disclosed by the New York bank in a statement, is higher than those reports in part because the number of accounts has climbed to 23.5 million, said Sean Kevelighan, a Citigroup spokesman.

"The roughly one percent estimate remains accurate," he wrote in an e-mail.

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