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Boston conference targets data theft

A few months after some convention attendees had their data compromised, the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center will host a March 5 conference that will focus on data theft and on how businesses can protect customers’ credit card information, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority said Monday.

Attendees will include officials from the attorney general’s office, Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, Boston Police Department, and Secret Service.

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Last month, Target said credit and debit card information was stolen from up to 40 million customers who shopped in its stores Nov. 27 to Dec. 15. Later, the company said a new group of 70 million customers — some of whom might also have had their card data stolen — had their personal information compromised, as well.

And Briar Group, which owns 10 restaurants and bars in Boston, said in December that its computer systems were breached, putting credit-card data of thousands of customers at risk, including visitors who attended two major Boston conventions.

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According to the convention authority, nearly 300 conventioneers had data compromised at local bars and restaurants. “Investigations into that breach are ongoing,” the authority said Monday.

Chris Reidy

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