Citigroup says 218,000 affected by hackers
Hackers stole information for 360,000 Citigroup Inc. U.S. credit card accounts in a recent data breach, although the actual number of customers affected was not much higher than originally reported, the bank said Wednesday.
Citi said last week that about 1 percent of its credit card customers had account information hacked online but did not say exactly how many. The actual number of customers affected was thought to be about 210,000, based on Citi’s 2010 annual report, which said the company had roughly 21 million North American credit card customers.
The exact number of customers affected was not far off the mark. In a statement posted late Wednesday on its website, the company said 217,657 people were sent new cards along with notification letters starting June 3.