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Citigroup Reveals Hacker Attack
Edited by Banh Thi Uyen Uyen - Monday, Jun 27, 2011
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(Reuters) - Citigroup is the latest U.S. corporation to have its computers hacked - presenting a security risk for about 200,000 bank card holders in North America.

The bank says customer names, account numbers, contact information and email addresses were viewed in the breach, but birth dates, social security numbers, card expiration dates and card security codes were not.

The bank discovered the breach in early May, according to a report by the Financial Times.
Citigroup says it is contacting customers who are impacted and is beefing up procedures to prevent another breach.

But consumer advocates say such a delay in telling customers is unacceptable.
Citigroup is not alone in being hacked. Sony, Google, and defense company Lockheed Martin are all recent victims.

1. hack /
hæk/ (v) to secretly find a way of looking at and/or changing information on somebody else's computer system without permission: lấy thông tin mà không được phép (người Việt cũng gọi là hack), tấn công (= attack)

  • to hack into the bank's computer: xâm nhập vào máy tính của ngân hàng
  • to hack secret data: ăn cắp dữ liệu mật
  • Nearly 1000 websites were hacked. Gần 1.000 trang web bị tấn công.
  • Online newspaper hacking case sets off alarm bells.
  • Tình trạng tấn công các trang báo mạng đang rung lên hồi chuông báo động.

2. breach /briːtʃ/ (n) an opening that is created during a technology-based attack: sự xâm phạm, sự xuyên thủng hệ thống bảo mật

  • to let customers know about the breach: báo cho khách hàng biết về việc bị xâm nhập
  • to viewed in the breach: bị xem trái phép (thông tin cá nhân, mật)
  • Officials did not say how the breach had occurred. Nhà chức trách không cho biết vụ đột nhập xảy ra như thế nào.

3. code /koʊd/ (n) a system of words, letters, numbers or symbols that represent a message or record information secretly or in a shorter form: mã, mật mã

  • to break/crack a code: giải mật mã
  • Tapping your code number into the machine: Hãy gõ mật mã của bạn vào máy.
  • Card Security Code: số CSC, là 3 chữ số được ghi ở mặt sau của thẻ tín dụng, nó còn được biết đến với tên gọi CVV (Card Verification Value) hay CVVC (Card Verification Value Code)

4. advocateædvəkət/ (n) a lawyer who has the right to argue cases in higher courts: luật sư, người biện hộ, người ủng hộ

  • a customer advocate: luật sự đại diên khách hàng
  • privacy advocates: luật sự hay người ủng hô quyền riêng tư của các nhân
  • a staunch advocate of free trade: người ủng hộ mạnh mẽ tự do mậu dịch
  • an enthusiastic advocate of pacifism: người ủng hộ nhiệt tình cho hòa bình
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