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Heartland Data Breach: More Than 100 Institutions Impacted




Heartland Data Breach: More Than 100 Institutions Impacted
Heartland Data Breach: More Than 100 Institutions Impacted



http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/articles.php?art_id=1200 

By Linda McGlasson
Managing Editor
Bank Infosecurity
February 9, 2009

By the latest count, the number of institutions that have informed their 
card customers and members that they were hit as a result of the 
Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) data breach has swelled to 124.

Heartland, the sixth-largest payments processor in the U.S., announced 
on Jan. 20 that its processing systems were breached in 2008, exposing 
an undetermined number of consumers to potential fraud. Since then, 
scores of banks and credit unions from across North America have stepped 
forward to say their customers are among those whose cards were 
compromised in the breach. Heartland Payment Systems data breach 
coverage

While Heartland and the credit card companies remain tight-lipped about 
the total number of institutions and card account numbers involved, 
Heartland has said that, at the time of the breach, it processed an 
average of 100 million transactions per month for more than 250,000 
different retailers and merchants.

The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) conducted an 
informal survey of its members after the breach, asking if they had been 
contacted by Heartland. The survey elicited 512 responses from member 
banks, and 83 percent of them said they had either credit and/or debit 
cards affected by the Heartland breach. Only 13 percent of the banks 
said they didn't know yet if their customers' card accounts were 
compromised in the breach.

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