Customer Says Local Bank Warned Of Potential Security Breach

Curiouser and curiouser… Forcht Bank’s spokesperson originally told a news source that they had been told by First Data Corporation that a breach involving 8,500 debit cards was due to a retail merchant. Subsequent news stories indicated that Forcht’s breach was part of the Heartland Payment Systems breach. A request for clarification from Forcht...

Two incidents — or three? And one gang — or more?

First we learned of a breach at RBS WorldPay detected on November 10th that resulted in fraud on at least 100 accounts. Yesterday we learned of a breach at Heartland Payment Systems that presumably was going on during the fall and that has already been blamed for fraud in approximately 85 cases. And in-between,...

Two credit unions report debit card misuse linked to Heartland breach

Yesterday, we reported that Piedmont Credit Union in North Carolina had reported that 15 of its members were reporting fraudulent use of their Visa-issued debit cards, mostly at gas stations in Florida. We also reported that Oregon Territory Federal Credit Union members were reporting misuse of their debit cards. At the time of the...

MO: Students’ information leaked

Didi Tang reports: Sensitive personal information — including Social Security numbers — for 565 foreign students at MSU was leaked this month when a university office sent an e-mail message with the data inadvertently attached. The school is investigating the incident and will contact all international students, offering answers and options to guard against...

Stark Introduces Health IT Bill

Just before Washington’s collective attention turned to inaugural festivities, House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Fortney (Pete) Stark, D-Calif., dropped legislation aimed at overhauling the U.S. healthcare system through advances in technology. Stark introduced a similar bill in the 110th Congress — much of which was culled from a proposal that emerged from...

Special investigation: Who is testing your DNA?

Peter Aldhous and Michael Reilly report: Test Infidelity is just one of dozens of US companies offering to test DNA taken without the knowledge of the people concerned. Many firms advertise infidelity testing services or offer “discreet” paternity tests. These allow a man to determine whether he is the father of a child...

ZA: Three waiters to go on trial

Three Kauai Juice waiters are to go on trial next month in the Bellville Specialised Commercial Crime Court on fraud and conspiracy charges. The charges relate to the use of credit card readers and encoding devices, for the manufacture of fake credit cards. Prosecutor Mary Naidoo alleges the trio conspired to make false...

PCI’s Shield Suffers Another Blow As Heartland Reports a Hack

More on the Heartland Payment Systems breach reported earlier today…. from Digital Transactions: Princeton, N.J.-based Heartland is one of the nation’s largest acquirers, processing for about 250,000 merchant locations. It has a number of business units, including its so-called Network Services segment serving mostly petroleum retailers that Heartland bought last year from Alliance...

Payroll manager gets 5 years, told to repay $500,000

Andrew Galvin reports: A former payroll manager at Advanced Medical Optics was sentenced to five years in state prison today after he pleaded guilty last month to charges that he stole more than $487,000 from his employer, prosecutors said. Robert Lee Winn, 43, of Norco, used the Santa Ana company’s payroll computer system to...