Payment Processor Breach May Be Largest Ever

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Payment Processor Breach May Be Largest Ever

By Brian Krebs
January 20, 2009

A data breach last year at Princeton, N.J., payment processor
Heartland Payment Systems may have compromised tens of millions of
credit and debit card transactions, the company said today.

If accurate, such figures may make the Heartland incident one of the
largest data breaches ever reported.

Robert Baldwin, Heartland's president and chief financial officer,
said the company, which processes payments for more than 250,000
businesses, began receiving fraudulent activity reports late last
year from MasterCard and Visa on cards that had all been used at
merchants which rely on Heartland to process payments.

Baldwin said 40 percent of transactions the company processes are
from small to mid-sized restaurants across the country. He declined
to name any well-known establishments or retail clients that may have
been affected by the breach.


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