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the mother of all credit card data thefts

  • From: william(at)elan.net
  • Date: Sat Jun 18 00:55:12 2005


Get ready for even more scripkiddies stolen cc signups for ISP and other
services....

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Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 00:17:27 -0400
From: David Farber <dave@farber.net>
To: Ip ip <ip@v2.listbox.com>
Subject: [IP] the mother of all credit card data thefts?

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From: "Steven M. Bellovin" <smb@cs.columbia.edu>
Date: June 17, 2005 6:38:57 PM EDT
To: dave@farber.net
Subject: the mother of all credit card data thefts?

MasterCard reported that over 40,000,000 credit card numbers, less
than half of which are MasterCards, may have been stolen.  CardSystems
Solutions, which processes transactions for merchants and banks,
was infected with a script that that targeted certain kinds of
transactions.  That is, this wasn't the usual carelessness, it was
a targeted attack by a sophisticated adversary.

The MasterCard statement is at
http://www.mastercardinternational.com/cgi-bin/newsroom.cgi?id=1038 .

        --Steven M. Bellovin, http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~smb

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