The Associated Press

Globe: Boston Credit Card Data Theft Bigger Than Thought

BOSTON — Boston police say the credit card data theft that affected about 300 people who attended conventions in the city in the fall is more widespread than at first thought.

Detective Steven Blair says the thefts were not limited to people who attended conferences at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, and extends through other areas of the city.

He tells The Boston Globe that based on interviews with credit card companies, the tally of victims could be “hundreds” more than those who have already reported unauthorized or fraudulent charges on their credit cards.

Blair says the scope of the crime suggests the thieves hacked into the computer system of a business or businesses.

The convention center and several nearby hotels and restaurants have denied being the source of the breach.

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