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Hackers break into RBS WorldPay's network


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January 6, 2009

On Dec. 31, RBS WorldPay has finally admitted that some hackers successfully managed to break into its supposedly secure network. The Internet attack against the electronic payment service provider has lead to over 1.49 million payroll and gift card holders in the U.S. at risk of fraud.

Reportedly, over one million social security records were also exposed as a result of the security breach.

The affected pre-paid so-called 'gift' cards include payroll cards and open-loop gift cards...

Private information numbers for all PIN-enabled cards are being reset as a security precaution. RBS WorldPay has pledged to make sure its customers are not left out of pocket as a result of any potential fraud stemming from the security breach.

The company is also offering twelve months of complimentary membership to a credit monitoring service to users' whose personal information was exposed as a result of the incident.

The Internet attack has been linked to the fraudulent misuse of one-hundred payroll cards, all of which have since been deactivated.

Additionally, RBS WorldPay said it notified law enforcement officials and industry regulators about the attack on November 10, but waited until December 23rd before officially publishing some details to potentially affected users.

The late timing of its announcement raises suspicions that the company is releasing bad news at a time when it is likely to go largely unnoticed during the busy Holiday period...

Details of the attack itself, much less who might have pulled it off, remain very sketchy.

RBS WorldPay also claims that it has pledged to improve its security defences to prevent similar attacks in the future.

The fact that RBS WorldPay waited over 42 days before going public on this security breach is a big mistake that will probably cost the company a lot of bad PR.

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Source: GBH News.


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