By John Leyden
16th December 2008
Editors of the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper were stunned to receive a
box containing the microfilmed details of tens of thousands of credit
card holders last week.
The anonymously-dispatched microfilm included customer details including
names, address, credit card numbers and payment records. A few PIN
notification letters were included within the parcel received by
Frankfurter Rundschau but, contrary to early reports, PINs were not
included on the microfilm received by the paper.
The data came from Landesbank Berlin, Germany's biggest issuer of credit
cards, and referred to cards held with ADAC (a German motoring
organisation), Amazon Visa and XBox Classic credit cards, among others.
Also included in the package was a bill from IT service firm Atos
Worldline addressed to Landesbank. Atos charged Landesbank .71,400
($98,000) for data processing services.
Information in the package dated from last August.
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