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Virginia health data ransom!

May 6, 2009  |  Written by admin  |   Data Loss   |   Leave a comment

Hi everyone, I was reading a story on slashdot today which detailed how hackers have stolen 8 million records from Virginia. The hackers claim to have deleted all backups of the data and are now demanding $10m to return the data, that is one way to beat the recession! Hackers using this kind of tactic isn’t particularly new as ransomware has been around for a while but we haven’t seen it on this kind of … Read more >

Heartland PCI certified, what about RBS Worldpay?

May 2, 2009  |  Written by admin  |   Data Loss, PCI DSS   |   Leave a comment

Hi everyone, I noticed that Computerworld were reporting that Heartlands have been able to get there PCI Compliant status back after their data breach which could still yet be the largest ever. It means that after both Heartlands and RBS Worldpay were stripped of their compliance status only one of them has been able to regain it so far, I wonder how much longer RBS Worldpay will be allowed to process card transactions for even … Read more >

Heartlands to sue competitors who exploit their loss of compliance

March 26, 2009  |  Written by admin  |   Application Security, Data Loss, Hacking, PCI DSS   |   Leave a comment

Just a quick note to point you over to a story on Computer World. In short: “Heartland Payment Systems Inc. is warning rivals of possible legal action if they don’t stop trying to lure away its customers by hinting that continuing to do business with the breached payment processor could expose companies to fines by Visa Inc. for noncompliance with the PCI data security rules. In a message posted on Heartland’s Web site on Monday, … Read more >

Aussie stumbles on 19,000 exposed credit card numbers

March 20, 2009  |  Written by admin  |   Data Loss   |   Leave a comment

Some breaking news: “A defunct payment gateway has exposed as many as 19,000 credit card numbers, including up to 60 Australian numbers.” Short story is that a guy found these through Google, full details can be found here. SN

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