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Wednesday, February 01, 2006
  D'oh!

BREITBART.COM - Papers Accidentally Release Customer Data: "The Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette said slips containing the names and credit card numbers of as many as 240,000 subscribers of both newspapers were accidentally delivered with bundles of papers last weekend in Worcester.

Officials of the newspapers, both owned by the New York Times Co., said Tuesday they were notifying customers of the mistake.

'We deeply value the trust our subscribers place in us and we are working diligently to remedy this unfortunate situation,' said Richard H. Gilman, publisher of The Boston Globe, in a written statement. 'Immediate steps have been taken internally at the Globe and Telegram & Gazette to increase security around credit card reporting.'

The Telegram & Gazette said the slips also contained routing information for 1,100 of its customers who pay by check.

The financial data was on the back side of paper that had inadvertently been recycled and used for routing slips in 9,000 bundles of the Sunday Telegram & Gazette distributed to retailers and new"
 
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