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  1. Websiteinsurance.co.uk #Cyber Alerts Newsletter 38

    By neil on 29th Dec 2011 | No Comments

    Cybercrime: Millions of credit card numbers stolen annually

    In mid-September, a European hacker broke into the computer network of a US company and grabbed 1400 credit card numbers, reports Businessweek. He then sold them for $3.50 each on his own seller’s site. The Ponemon Institute, which researches data security, estimates that thieves annually steal 8.4m credit card numbers in the US alone.

    Full report here

    Security: Healthcare breaches top the list

    The the second half of the year has been comparably calmer than the first half’s database breaches at RSA, Sony, and Epsilon, the breach numbers continued to roll in – especially at healthcare organisations, which made up a disproportionate number of exposed records, notes an Information Week report.

    Full report here

    Security: Visa Europe investigates possible data breach

    Visa Europe is investigating a possible data breach at an Eastern European payment processor that may have hit thousands of cardholders. Finextra reports that the firm has confirmed it is looking into the problem which appears to have hit a processor serving a merchant chain operating in several Eastern European countries.

    Full report here

    Security: US banks lose claim over data breach

    A US judge has dismissed most claims brought by a group of banks against Heartland Payment Systems over a massive data breach that exposed millions of credit card details in 2007, notes a Finextra report. Heartland revealed in January 2009 that malicious software in its processing system had been found, compromising the card data of 130m people.

    Full report here

    Security: Experts concerned over Google mobile wallet

    Google’s mobile wallet application fails to securely store some personal information on the users’ phone, says security specialist viaForensics. Finextra reports that its initial testing of the app on a rooted handset shows that credit card balances, limits, expiration dates, names on cards, transaction dates and locations are all stored in various SQLite databases in unencrypted form.

    Full report here