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Some Banks Fail to Inform Customers of Exposure in Wake of Massive Security Breach

Consumer advocates said credit card customers have been denied crucial information in the wake of a recent data breach, as some major banks are declining to tell cardholders whether their account may have been accessed by hackers. In a security lapse disclosed by MasterCard International Inc. last week, 40 million credit card and debit card numbers were exposed to an intruder who gained access sometime last year through a credit-processing firm.

Cardholders Kept in Dark After Breach, Washington Post, June 23, 2005.