HSBC: data on 24,000 Swiss account holders stolen

A staff of HSBC Holding PLC walks past the logo of the bank after a press conference in Hong Kong Tuesday, March 10, 2009. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu) (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

March 11, 2010 7:53:34 AM PST
Information on 24,000 HSBC customers with Swiss accounts has been stolen, the British bank said Thursday, potentially exposing large numbers of international clients to prosecution by tax authorities in their home countries.