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Heartland pays Amex $3.6M over 2008 data breach




Heartland pays Amex $3.6M over 2008 data breach
Heartland pays Amex $3.6M over 2008 data breach



http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9142448/Heartland_pays_Amex_3.6M_over_2008_data_breach?taxonomyId=17 

By Robert McMillan
IDG News Service
December 17, 2009

Heartland Payment Systems will pay American Express $3.6 million to 
settle charges relating to the 2008 hacking of its payment system 
network.

This is the first settlement Heartland has reached with a card brand 
since disclosing the incident in January of this year.

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged Albert Gonzalez and several 
other accomplices with the hack, saying that Heartland was one of 
several companies that the hackers managed to break into using SQL 
injection attacks.

Other alleged victims include 7-Eleven and Hannaford Brothers. In total, 
the gang managed to steal more than 130 million credit card numbers from 
Heartland and about 4.2 million from Hannaford, prosecutors allege.

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