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TJX says hackers had access to data for two years

Posted by Ralph Ranalli February 22, 2007 07:20 AM

FRAMINGHAM

Discount retailer TJX Cos. yesterday said computer hackers may have gained access to its consumer data in 2005, a year earlier than it had previously thought, potentially exposing millions more customers of stores such as T.J. Maxx and Marshalls to identity theft.

The disclosure comes a month after the Framingham retailer reported that credit- and debit-card information dating to 2003, along with some driver's license data, may have been compromised during an unauthorized intrusion into its computers. Customers have reported fraudulent use, and the company faces a slew of lawsuits from individuals and banks that issued the cards.

Separately, a spokesman for MasterCard International Inc. said yesterday that at the time of the breach TJX did not meet a data-security standard set by card companies. TJX spokeswoman Sherry Lang declined to respond to MasterCard's assertion.

Read more about the TJX security breach in Ross Kerber's story in the Globe's Business Section.

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