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Marathon committee rejects rumors of credit card detail theft

The organizers of the Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon has dismissed reports alleging that the event's registration and payment platform has been compromised.

In a prepared response to social media discussions around irregular credit card transactions, the marathon's organizing committee said the event's registration and payment gateway service provider has confirmed that there has been no detected unauthorized access, unusual activities or security breaches.

There were five reports to police surrounding the unusual credit card activity and the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau is investigating. All the reporters were runners who had been allotted places in the second-round ballot for this year's marathon.

“Runners' personal data security is our priority. The organizer has stringent requirements for the system provider to ensure data security and privacy,” the organizing committee said.

“If runners suspect their credit cards have any irregular transaction, please report it to the police and contact the relevant bank promptly.”

In light of concerns over the integrity of the payment system, the marathon's organizers have agreed to accept checks that are received by no later than next Wednesday.