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WASHINGTON — Knowing of community bankers’ concerns over the rising costs of the data security breaches of major retailers and the reputational risk when the source of such breaches is not disclosed, members of Congress offered their support for legislation.

During America’s Community Bankers Government Affairs Conference last week, Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) said he is sensitive to the issue and noted that the Stop & Shop grocery stores in his home state were recently hit. He commented that the technology of the information thieves is staying one step ahead of the mechanisms being put in place to try to stop them.

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