Surprise! Here’s Your New US Bank Debit Card

Surprise! Here’s Your New US Bank Debit Card

A blank envelope arrived on Amanda’s doorstep. She almost tossed it aside, since it didn’t say “HEY! I’M IMPORTANT!” on it. She happened to feel a plastic card inside, though, so she opened it up. Inside was her new debit card. That’s good, isn’t it? Amanda doesn’t think so. [More]

MasterCard, Visa Form Industry Group To Address Payment Security Issues

MasterCard, Visa Form Industry Group To Address Payment Security Issues

In the wake of numerous high-profile data breaches and growing concerns about identity theft, credit card competitors Visa and MasterCard are teaming up to launch a cross-industry effort aimed at improving payment security for consumers. [More]

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Secret Service Reportedly Investigating Possible Data Breach At Sears

The retail world is still feeling the aftershocks that rumbled through the industry after Target revealed it was hit in a hack attack that exposed credit card info and personal data of up to 110 million customers. As such, inside sources are whispering that Sears is the focus of a new probe from the U.S. Secret Service to see whether it was the victim of a possible security breach. [More]

More Than 30 Consumer Groups Urge President To Put Privacy Bill of Rights Into Law

More Than 30 Consumer Groups Urge President To Put Privacy Bill of Rights Into Law

Americans cherish their privacy, but as headline after headline brings alarming news of data breaches, governmental snooping, and data mining, it becomes evident that something needs to be done. That’s why more than 30 civil liberties and consumer advocacy organizations have written President Obama urging him to push for legislation that would make new consumer privacy protections law. [More]

Homeland Security Warns Retailers About Malware Used In Target Hack

Homeland Security Warns Retailers About Malware Used In Target Hack

While you might imagine other big retailers sitting back and having a good ol’ chuckle at the expense of Target, the reality is more like they’re all shaking in their boots. Because if a massive data breach could hit Target, it could happen to any merchant (and probably will hit more). The government wants retailers to be ready, and has released a bunch of information about the methods used in the attack to prepare them. [More]

Target Data Breach Possibly Hit 110 Million, May Include People Who Didn’t Shop During Holidays

Target Data Breach Possibly Hit 110 Million, May Include People Who Didn’t Shop During Holidays

What we thought was getting worse just keeps getting worser: This morning we heard that the data breach at Target had hit 70 million customers, instead of the 40 million originally reported by the company. And now that number is not only possibly up to 110 million, but it could include people who didn’t even shop during the holidays, which is when Target said the leak happened. [More]

‘Wichcraft Sandwich Shops Reveal Credit Card Hack From 3 Months Ago

‘Wichcraft Sandwich Shops Reveal Credit Card Hack From 3 Months Ago

While it’s certainly not on the scale of the recent Target breach, ‘wichcraft, the chain of sandwich shops co-founded by Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio, announced yesterday that its payment card system for locations in NYC and San Francisco was compromised for several weeks earlier this year, giving hackers access to customers’ names, card numbers, security codes, and expiration dates. [More]

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Hacker Gets 41 Months In Prison For iPad Data Breach

Remember back in 2010, when some hackers discovered an exploit with AT&T’s system that allowed them to access and publish account information for around 114,000 iPad users? One of the fellas behind that breach was sentenced earlier today to 41 months behind bars. [More]

Visa, MasterCard Don't Want You Knowing Which Companies Are Failing At Protecting Your Information

Visa, MasterCard Don't Want You Knowing Which Companies Are Failing At Protecting Your Information

If your bank tells you that your credit card information was stolen from an online merchant you bought something from, it only makes sense that the bank also tell you which e-tailer failed at protecting your information. But the banks say they can’t share this info because the folks at Visa and MasterCard prefer to keep that information private lest you stop doing business with the sources of the leaked information. [More]

Payment Processor: Up To 1.5 Million Credit Card Numbers Stolen

Payment Processor: Up To 1.5 Million Credit Card Numbers Stolen

The news from the hacked third-party payment processor for MasterCard and Visa got worse over the weekend, as early reported estimates of around 50,000 card numbers put at risk turned out to be wrong by 1.45 million. [More]

MasterCard, Visa Payment Processor Says Violation Occurred In Early March; 50,000 Cards At Risk

MasterCard, Visa Payment Processor Says Violation Occurred In Early March; 50,000 Cards At Risk

Earlier today, we wrote about how MasterCard and Visa had begun notifying banks about a possible data breach at a third-party company that processes credit card payments. Now more information has come out regarding when the breach occurred and how many people may be affected. [More]

MasterCard, Visa Warn Banks Of Possible Data Breach

MasterCard, Visa Warn Banks Of Possible Data Breach

MasterCard has notified law enforcement and banks that issue its cards of a possible data breach at a third-party payment processing company. [More]

AT&T Says Hackers Tried To Swipe Account Info

AT&T Says Hackers Tried To Swipe Account Info

According to AT&T, hackers tried to break into some users’ accounts and make off with some private information. The company calls the attack an “organized and systematic attempt,” but more importantly, a failure. [More]

Hershey's Website Hacked… To Change Recipe

Hershey's Website Hacked… To Change Recipe

While a number of websites and mailing lists have fallen victim to attacks intent on stealing personal information or just proving that the hack was possible, whoever managed to penetrate the security of the Hershey’s Chocolate website had a much more insidious goal: changing recipes. [More]

Researcher: 8 Percent Of Android Apps Leak Private Info

Researcher: 8 Percent Of Android Apps Leak Private Info

Free apps sometimes come at a hidden cost, because malicious software can come in seemingly harmless forms, exposing personal data and sending spammy text messages from users’ accounts. An anti-malware service provider studied 10,000 Android apps found that 800 of the programs were spreading personal data around, and 11 were spamming phony text messages. [More]

Morgan Stanley Data Breach Burns 34,000 Investment Clients

Morgan Stanley Data Breach Burns 34,000 Investment Clients

Morgan Stanley Smith Barney says it has lost two CD-ROMs containing password-protected but not-encrypted data from investment clients. A spokesman for the brokerage says there’s no evidence that there was criminal intent in the breach, or that the information has been misused. [More]

Which Credit Card Companies Do The Best At Keeping Your Data Safe?

Which Credit Card Companies Do The Best At Keeping Your Data Safe?

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there have already been 216 credit card data breaches in 2011, including the Citi hack that resulted in $2.7 million of stolen funds. And while the number of breaches is down from 333 during the same period of time from last year, the security of our credit card information is still a big concern. [More]

Citigroup: 360K Customers' Credit Cards, Not 200K, Were Exposed To Hackers In Breach

Citigroup: 360K Customers' Credit Cards, Not 200K, Were Exposed To Hackers In Breach

Citigroup, which suffered a massive data breach that exposed hundreds of thousands of credit cards, upped its initial estimate of the amount of customers’ credit cards exposed from 200,000 to 360,000. [More]