Hackers steal shoppers' data


Published: Friday, January 19, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 18, 2007 at 11:10 p.m.

BOSTON — Banks and credit card companies scrambled to notify their customers to watch for fraudulent activity after TJX Cos., parent of retailers Marshalls and T.J. Maxx, disclosed thefts of customer data from its computer system.

TJX said hackers had broken into a system that handles credit and debit card transactions, as well as checks and merchandise returns for customers in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Visa USA said in a statement that it has provided the affected accounts to banks that issue its cards so they can take steps to protect consumers.

Bank of America and American Express also said they are monitoring their credit cards for unusual activity.

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