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Boston Police say computer breach likely behind credit card theft

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The credit card theft that hit hundreds of attendees at conventions in Boston this fall could be much larger and include other victims throughout the city, police investigating the crime said Wednesday.

Boston Police Detective Steven Blair said the thefts were widespread and not limited to people who attended the conferences at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in October and November.

“It’s extensive,” Blair said. “It’s not just focused on the Seaport area,” where the convention center is located.

Based on initial interviews with credit card companies, Blair said the tally of victims could be “hundreds” more than those who have already reported unauthorized or fraudulent charges on their credit cards after visiting Boston.

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