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Wednesday, February 01, 2006

All The News That's Fit To Print

Boston Globe Releases Credit Card and Financial Data on 240,000 Customers

Mary Jacobus is probably wondering today why she left the position of President of Fort Wayne Newspapers to take a job as President of The Boston Globe.

The Globe has admitted that it inadvertently distributed credit card or bank routing numbers for 240,000 of its subscribers this past weekend. Those who think there is some danger in conducting business online should know that The Globe release happened the old-fashioned way - by print. CNN has more.

Seems the Globe snafu happened because it has been the newspaper's practice to recycle paper containing internal reports for printing the routing slips used in distribution of papers. They have stopped that practice.

There have been no reported incidents of the credit card data having been used for unauthorized transactions.

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