Visa and Mastercard announce massive data breach, 10 million credit cards compromised

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In the last few days, news has been filtering out that Visa and MasterCard data was compromised by persons unknown. The card issuers have sent private alerts to banks indicating a data breach occurred between January 21, 2012 and February 25, 2012 and official announcements have since been made. After the news broke, payment processor Global Payments Inc. was identified as the compromised party, and we’re now learning that the data theft seems to be extensive.

According to the official alerts sent out by both Visa and MasterCard, so-called Track 1 and 2 data was included in the information stolen. That means the hackers have all the data they need to clone cards from scratch. The banks and credit unions believed to be affected are investigating the breach more thoroughly, and contacting businesses and individuals with potentially compromised accounts. Global Payments has admitted that it did not notice the breach until early March, and some cards have already been used in the wild.

Hard numbers are still difficult to come by, but PSCU, a financial services company dealing with credit unions, has said that 56,455 credit union accounts appear to be involved in the data theft. This might just be the tip of the iceberg, though. A Gartner analyst claims to have spoken with people with Visa and MasterCard who worry the breach could be extremely severe. Early estimates indicate that more than 10 million credit card numbers may have been compromised.

Global Payments is planning to hold a conference call on Monday morning to further explain what happened. We might get more technical details at that time, but things are certainly looking like a mess right now. Best to take a long hard look at that next billing statement.

Hackers Can Easily Lift Credit Card Data From Old Xbox Consoles

It has been discovered by researchers at Philadelphia’s Drexel University, that credit card data on older Xbox 360 systems that have been traded in or sold on. may be vulnerable to being hacked fro the previous owners credit card information. The team has discovered that even restoring your console to factory settings won’t remove some of the data stored on the Xbox 360.

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17-year-old Hacker arrested for hacking into KPN mobile telecommunications

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Dominican Republic Police arrested 6 Anonymous hackers

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Sony Pulls Two PSP Games From PSN To Stop Vita Hacking

Sony has wasted no time pulling a couple of games from its PSN store, which could have been used to preform hacks on its new PS Vita gaming console.

The two games which have been pulled from the store are MotorStorm Arctic Rift and Hot Shots Tennis, named Everybody’s Tennis within European countries.

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Anonymous Deface page – “POPE is not welcome, out out!!!!!”

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Anonymous Attacker Package by Maxpain

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Tunisian Islamist Website Hacked by Anonymous

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Pop star KE$HA twitter Hacked

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Finally Google Chrome gets hacked at Pwn2Own

Finally Google Chrome gets hacked at Pwn2Own Vupen Security and Sergey Glazunov independently managed to penetrate Google Chrome’s security defenses at the Pwn2Own and ‘Pwnium’ contests respectively. The annual competition, which invites ethical hackers from around the world to attempt hacking into the most popular web browsers and in the process expose vulnerabilities and loopholes in the browser’s security, while grabbing a handsome reward. At this year’s competition, the co-founder and..

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