79,000 clients identified from stolen HSBC data: prosecutor

Some 79,000 customers have been identified from data stolen from a Swiss unit of HSBC bank, a French prosecutor said Tuesday, citing a far higher number than previously made public.

The chief executive of HSBC Private Bank (Switzerland) said last month that details on 24,000 bank customers may have been leaked in the theft three years ago by an IT worker at the bank.

However, French prosecutor Eric de Montgolfier said the stolen files, which have now been decrypted, allowed for the identification of 127,000 accounts belonging to 79,000 people.

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