Data Breach at Affects 93,000 Customers company that provides website and Facebook design, marketing, e-commerce, Web hosting and domain registration for small businesses--discovered a data breach on Thursday, August 13. They believe the attack had actually occurred five days earlier. The data of 93,000 of … Continue reading

Ashley Madison: Everything to Know about the Security Leaks

In July, a group calling themselves the Impact Team hacked into Ashley Madison, a dating website that encourages married couples to have affairs. The website is owned by Avid Life Media, which has been in business since 2001. Apparently, the … Continue reading

Full Credit Card Details Not Released of Ashley Madison Customers

Last week, the information taken in the widespread Ashley Madison hack was finally released on the Internet. The hackers posted the data on a hidden area of the Internet known as the "dark web," revealing personal details for 32 million … Continue reading

Target Reaches Settlement with Visa on Massive Data Breach

Nearly two years after the Target data breach that affected 40 million credit and debit card accounts in America, the retailer has finally reached a settlement with Visa for "up to $67 million." The two companies did not release the … Continue reading

Carphone Warehouse Data Breach Affects 2.4 Million British Customers

British cellphone retailer Carphone Warehouse recently suffered a data breach that could impact up to 2.4 million customers in the United Kingdom. Of those 2.4 million, as many as 90,000 people may have had their encrypted credit card information stolen in … Continue reading

Government Debates Protections for Data Breach Victims

After two data breaches that affected more than 22 million federal employees of the Office of Personnel Management, government officials are fighting to get prolonged credit monitoring for current and retired workers. Representative Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland and … Continue reading

Data Breach at Online Cheating Site Ashley Madison

This is not your ordinary credit card data breach. Ashley Madison, a website that promotes adultery by connecting married people looking to cheat on their spouses, was hacked by cyber criminals who are threatening to release information on the company's … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–July 17, 2015

Credit Cards are the Preferred Payment Method It's all in the cards--the days of cash and carry are long gone. When consumers pay for purchases today, whether in person or online, the overwhelming majority prefer to use a debit or … Continue reading

Walmart Canada Investigates Potential Online Data Breach

Walmart Canada is currently investigating a potential credit card data breach for an online photo center operated by a third party. The company announced the investigation on Monday and proceeded to close down the website yesterday. "We were recently informed … Continue reading

CFPB Proposes a Faster Payments System in America

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is proposing a new set of guidelines for faster payment systems in the United States. While financial institutions and payment processors work to reduce "pocket-to-pocket" payment times, the CFPB wants to ensure that the upgraded … Continue reading

Hershey Park Confirms Dates of Credit Card Data Breach

Less than two weeks after Hershey Park announced a possible data breach, the company has confirmed the official dates of the breach. Magnetic strip data from credit cards and debit cards used at Hershey Park were copied between February 14 … Continue reading

Americans Would Rather Have Nude Photos Stolen Than Financial Data

According to a new survey from MasterCard, 77% of Americans worry about the security of their personal information. 62% worry about their emails getting hacked, and 46% worry about being pickpocketed. But what is more surprising is the value that … Continue reading

Data Breach at FireKeepers Casino; 85,000 Cards at Risk

After two months of investigation, FireKeepers Casino and Hotel in Michigan has confirmed a data breach on their computer systems and payment card processors. The company began its investigation in May, and has now verified that a breach did occur … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–July 10, 2015

Meet AmEx's PayPal Competitor, Express Checkout As the war to own the digital wallet continues, American Express is joining the battle with Express Checkout, a new way to pay using your AmEx card online. AmEx Express Checkout is similar to … Continue reading

A New Way to Protect Against Identity Theft

Another day and another data breach. Actually, two of them. Trump Hotel Properties and Harvard University both announced recently they had possible breaches of their databases, exposing customers and students to identity theft. Significant data breaches are happening almost every … Continue reading

Hershey Park Investigates Possible Data Breach

Hershey Park may have become the latest target of a data breach on debit and credit cards used at the resort and theme park. The case is currently under investigation as Hershey Park works with law enforcement to track down the … Continue reading

Senator Proposes Early Warning Alerts to Curtail Identity Theft

Senator Charles Schumer has proposed an idea that would help identity theft victims, and possibly limit the damage caused by these breaches. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, wants the three largest credit reporting firms--Equifax, TransUnion and Experian--to immediately send … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–June 12, 2015

Hackers Go After Little Fish, Too, While Trawling for Credit Cards Hackers are going local in their efforts to steal credit card information from United States customers, hitting small businesses with as much frequency as retail giants. Take Eataly, the … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–May 22, 2015

Debit Card Data Thefts at All Kinds of ATMs Soar Criminals are stealing card data from U.S. automated teller machines at the highest rate in two decades, preying on ATMs while merchants crack down on fraud at the checkout counter. … Continue reading

Sally Beauty Suffers Second Data Breach

For the second time in just over a year, Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. has been hit with a data breach The company confirmed today in a statement that there was an "illegal intrusion" into its payment card systems. In March of … Continue reading

Data Breaches Will Cost Over $2 Trillion by 2019

A new report predicts that data breaches will cost the global economy $2.1 trillion by 2019, almost four times more than this year. The research from market analytics firm Juniper Research indicates that sophisticated hacking tools will play a major … Continue reading

Harbortouch POS Systems Incur Possible Data Breach

Harbortouch, a manufacturer of point-of-sale terminals, may be the latest company to suffer a data breach. KrebsOnSecurity reported that malware had been used to target Harbortouch POS systems, affecting approximately 4,200 of their customers which are mostly bars and restaurants. … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–May 8, 2015

Does Credit Card Debt Lead to Depression? Credit cards can carry more than high interest rates--they actually might increase your chances of depression. It's common sense that high levels of debt can stress you out. Now researchers have found a … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–April 17, 2015

Discover Rolls Out Freeze Feature on Credit Cards Discover credit card customers who can't quite put their finger on their plastic now may use a new "Freeze It" feature that acts like an on-off switch to stop new purchases and … Continue reading

Experiment Reveals How Fast Stolen Data Spreads on the Dark Web

An experiment from BitGlass studied how stolen credit cards and Social Security numbers make their way through the Internet after a data breach. The results revealed data travels at a remarkable speed and showed just how poor detection efforts have been … Continue reading

White Lodging Confirms Hotels Hit by Second Data Breach

Hotel management company White Lodging Services has confirmed a second data breach on its credit card system, affecting 10 hotels, eight of which were Marriott hotels. The original security breach took place in 2014. According to the company, this breach … Continue reading

Credit Card Data Breach Hits Point-of-Sale Device Firm

A company that supplies payment and point-of-sale solutions to cafeterias, airports, casinos, and other food service providers may have become the latest victim of a credit card data breach. NEXTEP Systems is investigating a data breach where the payment information … Continue reading

Mandarin Oriental Hotels Suffer Credit Card Data Breach

Mandarin Oriental Hotels is investigating a credit card breach that took place at some of its upscale hotels. The data breach likely occurred on payment terminals at restaurants and other businesses inside the hotels rather than the front desk, according … Continue reading

Cost of Target Data Breach Hits $162 Million

The Target data breach of 2013 was the first in a line of significant security hacks retailers have experienced during the last year and a half. In their fourth quarter earnings report, Target estimates the breach cost the company $162 … Continue reading

Bulk Reef Supply Reports Website Hacked

Bulk Reef Supply, one of the leading suppliers for saltwater aquarium supplies in the United States, reported their website was hacked between July 30th, 2014 and January 22, 2015. Passwords, email addresses and credit card information may have been exposed … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–February 27, 2015

Google Buys Softcard, Teams Up with Carriers on Mobile Payments Google and the mobile carriers have long been at odds over mobile payments, but faced with the runaway success of Apple Pay, the two rivals have become friends. AT&T, Verizon … Continue reading

Two Million Americans Were Victims of Medical Identity Theft in 2014

More than two million Americans were victims of medical identity theft in 2014, according to new information from the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance. The Fifth Annual Study on Medical Identity Theft found the number of consumers affected by medical identity theft … Continue reading

Cash Back Site Investigates Possible Data Compromise

Popular cash back site has been offline since January 29th investigating a potential data compromise on its website. Vince Martin, CEO of BigCrumbs, assured the website's users that the compromise in question was not the result of a data … Continue reading

TurboTax Resumes State E-Filings After Data Breach Investigation

Many taxpayers were faced with a rude awakening last Thursday when they went to file state taxes through the popular online platform, TurboTax. Intuit, the parent company of TurboTax, temporarily shut down filings in 18 states to investigate a possible data … Continue reading

How Secure is Apple Pay?

In their quarterly report this afternoon, Apple is expected to post record revenues and profits. Many analysts are curious how Apple Pay will be assessed after being in operation for a little over three months. While reviews have generally been … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–January 16, 2015

Obama Seeks Laws on Data Hacking, Student Privacy President Barack Obama wants Congress to pass legislation requiring companies to inform customers within 30 days if their data has been hacked, a move that follows high-profile breaches at retailers including Target, … Continue reading

Hackers Release 13,000 More Passwords and Credit Card Numbers

Last week, a group of hackers, believed to be affiliated with Anonymous, released another 13,000 passwords, credit card numbers, and expiration dates from companies like Amazon, Walmart, Dell, Hulu Plus, PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. A comprehensive list of the hacked sites … Continue reading

Possible Credit Card Breach at Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A today acknowledged it is investigating reports of unusual activity involving debit and credit cards used at some of their restaurants. Initial reports indicate this may have affected up to 9,000 customers and may be concentrated in stores located in … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–December 12, 2014

Bebe Stores Confirms Credit Card Breach Women's clothier chain Bebe stores inc. confirmed that hackers had stolen customer card data from stores across the country in a breach that persisted for several weeks last month. Bebe stores said its investigation … Continue reading

Sony Data Breach Worse Than Expected

Last month's data breach at Sony continues to become more concerning. Hackers originally leaked five unreleased movies online and some employees' Social Security numbers. But now, security firm Identity Finder has found the hack that occurred on November 24 exposed over … Continue reading

Bebe Confirms Credit Card Data Breach

Bebe Stores Inc., a women's clothing retailer, has officially confirmed a data breach at its stores during the month of November. The breach is expected to impact shoppers from the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands who … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–December 5, 2014

What Happens When You Swipe Your Card? This holiday shopping season, you might worry that every time you swipe your credit or debit card some criminal might be swiping your account number and with good reason. The number of reported, … Continue reading

53 Million Email Addresses Also Stolen in Home Depot Breach

The extent of the Home Depot data breach deepened on Thursday when the company disclosed that hackers also stole 53 million email addresses. In September, Home Depot confirmed that a whopping 56 million credit and debit cards were affected by … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–November 7, 2014

Here's How the New Chip and PIN Credit Cards Could be DOA A recent Gallup survey found that 69% of Americans worry "frequently" or "occasionally" about having a credit card compromised by computer hackers. It's not shocking. Consumers are becoming … Continue reading

Credit Card Theft Is the Most Feared Crime in America

What do Americans worry about the most in today's society? It's not being the victim of a violent crime. It's having their credit card information stolen. According to a report from Gallup, 69% of Americans worry about having their credit … Continue reading

Voxis Allows Cybercriminals to Automate Fraudulent Credit Card Purchases

Cybercriminals have a new way to get as much money from stolen credit cards as possible before being detected for fraud. A program called Voxis Platform is starting to surface on underground forums, allowing thieves to make large volumes of … Continue reading Weekly Credit Card Update–October 31, 2014

Some U.S. Retailers Shun Apple Pay, Eye Rival Payments System Some large U.S. retailers are refusing to use Apple Pay, Apple's new electronic payments service, as they commit to developing a rival payments system that would bolster their profits by … Continue reading