- Aug 10, 2004
Well you know a bunch of us are on these lists. I am getting P.O.'d at this stuff. They need to get some Macs or something.......I mean jeezzzz, why don't I just handover my entire profile on a home page.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - MasterCard International on Friday said a security breach of credit card payment data had exposed about 40 million cards to potential fraud in the biggest such privacy violation ever reported.
An unauthorized person infiltrated cardholder data at CardSystems Solutions Inc., which processes transactions for MasterCard. About 13.9 million of those credit cards at risk are MasterCard-branded cards, the company said.
The total number of cards exposed exceeds the population of California, the most populous U.S. state.
"It sounds like the Guinness Book of World Records here," said Richard Smith, a leading computer privacy activist who runs a Web site called ComputerBytesMan.com.
There are 1.1 billion credit cards in circulation in the United States, according to the Nilson report which tracks the credit card industry.