[Dshield] Way off Topic

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shawn Berg" <shawn at saeweb.com>
To: "General DShield Discussion List" <list at dshield.org>
Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 8:51 AM
Subject: RE: [Dshield] Way off Topic

| Cannot seem to find any info on this ShopSafe program by Visa. Would
| particularly like to use it myself when purchasing online but couldn't find
| it anywhere on their web site. Anyone else know where I might be able to
| find this?
| Shawn
| -----Original Message-----
| From: list-bounces at dshield.org [mailto:list-bounces at dshield.org]On
| Behalf Of Wayne Jr
| Sent: Wednesday, September 10, 2003 1:17 AM
| To: General DShield Discussion List
| Subject: Re: [Dshield] Way off Topic
| There was a MAJOR hack back in February, maybe it has taken that long
| for the credit card companies to get around to notifying people (they
| don't like to tell people about these things).  I include the text of
| an email about that hack below...  Also, let me mention that I use
| VISAs ShopSafe, which is nice, it let's me generate  (on the net) a
| unique credit card number for each transaction, and I can set a
| maximum amount of money and a cutoff date.  This is great for
| ordering things on the net...  I had a credit card get loose on the
| net once, fortunately I caught it fast because I keep a close watch
| on my credit card activity,at  that time some charges for about $15
| or so appeared for some for some strange named business that turned
| out to be porn shop in Australia (I live the the USA and don't buy
| porn anyway)...  I suppose somebody was just testing out the card
| before trying to buy something big...  I had to cancel that card and
| get a new number.  VISA was fairly nice about it after I convinced
| them that I had not made the purchase...  My impression at the time
| was that VISA was not very concerned about my card number being used
| without my consent...  I don't think they do enough to make the card
| numbers secure...  They could set up credit card honey pot types of
| things and catch the people who are doing this if they really wanted
| to IMHO.
| Regards,
| Wayne Jr
| From:<alerts at theMezz.com>
| Subject:Hacker accesses 2.2 million credit cards
| Date:Mon, 17 Feb 2003 22:33:40 -0500
| To:<cybercrime-alerts at freelists.org>
| * discuss this at  http://theMezz.com/forum *
| Hacker accesses 2.2 million credit cards
| Visa: No accounts have been used fraudulently
| >From Fred Katayama
| CNNfn
| NEW YORK (CNN) --A hacker has gained access to as many as 2.2 million
| Visa and MasterCard accounts, the
| two companies announced Monday.
| The hacker breached the security system of a company that processes
| credit card transactions on behalf of
| merchants, Visa and MasterCard said.
| None of the Visa accounts has been used fraudulently, Visa spokesman
| John Abrams said.
| The affected accounts make up about one-third of 1 percent of the 560
| million MasterCard and Visa cards
| in the United States. Spokesmen for the two companies said they have
| notified the banks that issued the
| affected cards.
| Both card companies have zero-liability policies, which protect
| cardholders from being held responsible
| for unauthorized or fraudulent charges.
| MasterCard and Visa would not disclose how many banks they had
| notified, nor would they say whether the
| hack was a regional or national problem.
| Citizens Bank, a financial institution serving the Northeast, shut
| down the accounts of 8,800 customers
| whose card numbers had been accessed after being notified by
| MasterCard on Friday, bank spokeswoman
| Pamela Crawley said. All of those accounts were safe, she said.
| CNN called several leading card issuers, but only one, First USA
| Bank, returned calls for comment. Thomas
| Kelly, a spokesman for its parent, BankOne, said FirstUSA's cards
| were not affected and that the bank was
| not aware of any security problems affecting its customers.
| MasterCard said it is working with authorities, including the FBI, to
| help identify the culprit.
|  Find this article at:
| http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/02/17/creditcard.hack/index.html
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| On Tue, 09 Sep 2003 22:17:59 -0400, Milo wrote:
| >Good Evening Everyone:
| >
| >Sorry for the off topic question but has anyone heard anything
| >about
| >Master Card and/or Visa being hacked?  Today I received a snail mail
| >from my
| >credit card company that read as follows.
| >
| >"We have been advised that an unauthorized party may have accessed
| >some
| >credit card account numbers.  While your "company name" card
| >currently shows
| >no fraudulent activity, this unauthorized access appears to involve
| >credit
| >cards from a number of leading credit card companies."
| >
| >So I called my company and they said this came directly from Master
| >Card
| >and Visa, something about an e-mail circulating the reps said.  Then
| >I
| >called Master Card and Visa and they no nothing about it so I
| >figured I'd
| >post the question to the list.  Has anyone heard any info regarding
| >Master
| >Card and/or Vias being hacked?
| >
| >Thanx, Paul
| >
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