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News of a recent Citibank data breach into customer's credit card information should be putting consumers on high alert.
After all, the hack occurred more than a month ago - but Citi only recently confirmed the breach. According to Citi, certain information, including credit card numbers, e-mail addresses, and other contact information, was breached for about 1% of its 21 million North American card holders.
Other information, like social security numbers, birth dates, credit card security codes and expiration dates were not stolen.
Customers whose data was taken will be contacted by Citi via either e-mail or a notification in their online accounts. Customers will also be receiving a replacement credit card, reports The New York Times.
Consumers who are worried about their information should take a few steps to help safeguard their information as well, and should probably not just wait for Citi to take action.
Some simple tips include:
For now, the perpetrators of the Citibank data breach have not been found, reports The New York Times. The last time Citigroup was hacked, the hackers were reportedly tied to a Russian group.