By Jaikumar Vijayan
August 12, 2010
Heartland Payment Systems, which last year suffered the largest ever
data breach involving payment card data, is downplaying reports out of
Austin, Texas linking the payment processor to a data breach at a local
Heartland CIO Steven Elefant told Computerworld by e-mail late Thursday
that the reports out of Austin point to a "localized intrusion initiated
within the stores, either in their point-of-sale system or as a result
of other fraud."
"The Heartland system at large and its merchants would not be
compromised in any way by this type of attack, and the company is
unaware of any broader issue," he said.
He added that Heartland officials will work closely with business owners
to help identify the source of the breach, and help with remediation
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