Citi Says Card Customer Names, IDs Breached

Citigroup Inc. (C), the third-biggest U.S. lender, said data for about 210,000 credit-card accounts in North America were breached.

A routine monitoring of online account information revealed the intrusion, Sean Kevelighan, a spokesman for the New York- based company, said today in an e-mailed statement. The unauthorized viewing of account information only affected customers in North America, Kevelighan said.

Among the data accessed were customer names, account numbers and contact information, according to Citigroup. Social Security numbers, dates of birth and bank-card security codes weren’t accessed, the company said.

“We are contacting customers whose information was impacted,” Kevelighan said. “Citi has implemented enhanced procedures to prevent a recurrence of this type of event.”

Citigroup had 21.1 million credit-card accounts at the end of the first quarter. Chief Executive Officer Vikram Pandit, 54, reshuffled the business in September, replacing unit head Paul Galant with Judson Linville, a former American Express Co. (AXP) executive. The division said first-quarter profit from continuing operations more than tripled to $460 million from the same period a year earlier.

The Financial Times reported the breach earlier today.

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