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Data on credit cards taken from state computers

Date: April 16, 2006

Officials say fears that credit or debit card information was taken from state computers earlier this year appear unfounded, because an unauthorized program that can allow hackers to watch transactions never was activated.

Attorney General Kelly Ayotte said Friday that FBI computer experts found the so-called "Cain and Abel" program had not been launched. The program's discovery on a state server in February had triggered alarm.

The server handled payments for the state's liquor stores, the Department of Motor Vehicles and the state Veterans Home in Tilton.

At the time, people who'd paid any of those agencies by credit or debit card were advised to check their statements closely for unauthorized use. Those with debit cards were advised to talk to their banks about how to protect their accounts.
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