Friday, June 17, 2005

Incident: Security Breach at CardSystems Solutions Inc. Could Expose 40M to Fraud

Each week, it seems we hear about the "biggest privacy incident yet". This one may affect FORTY MILLION people, according to to the San Francisco Chronicle:

Security Breach Could Expose 40M to Fraud:

"A security breach of customer information at a credit card transaction company could expose to fraud up to 40 million cardholders of multiple brands, MasterCard International Inc. said Friday....

The compromised data included names, banks and account numbers — not addresses or Social Security numbers, said MasterCard spokeswoman Sharon Gamsin. Such data could be used to steal funds but not identities....

CardSystems was hit by a virus-like computer script that captured customer data for the purpose of fraud, Gamsin said. She said she did not know how the script got into the system. The FBI was investigating..."

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