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Data Lost on 650,000 J.C. Penney, Other Retail Customers

Exactly one year since news spread about T.J. Maxx's massive data breach comes word that a computer tape containing information on 650,000 customers of J.C. Penney and up to 100 retailers is missing.The tape, discovered missing in October, includes the Social Security numbers of about 150,000 people. GE Money, which handles credit-card operations for J.C. Penney, has been notifying consumers and referring them to a call center set up to deal with the breach.

GE has not identified the other retailers whose customers' information is missing, but spokesman Richard C. Jones said "it includes many of the large retail organizations."
Burlington Free Press, Associated Press