It's Easy To Use Google To Find Exposed Credit Card Numbers

When merchants expose your credit card numbers to the internet, there’s an easy tool that ID thieves can use to find them. Google. According to an article on Slashdot, it’s as easy as searching for the most common credit card prefixes. The credit card companies have known about this problem for years, and they’ve yet to fix it. Is it because they can’t? Or is it because the vendors are the ones exposing the numbers? Whose responsibility is it?

Bennett Haselton, the author of the article has a solution. Publicize the problem in the hope that a fix will be developed. Good luck. —MEGHANN MARCO

Why Are CC Numbers Still So Easy To Find? [Slashdot] (Thanks, Spidra!)
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