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Smaller Merchants Threatened




PCI: Smaller Merchants Threatened
PCI: Smaller Merchants Threatened



http://www.bankinfosecurity.com/articles.php?art_id=3019 

By Linda McGlasson
Managing Editor
Bank Info Security
October 19, 2010 

The Payment Card Industry's Security Standards Council may be doing a 
good job helping lock down larger retailers, but the smaller "Mom and 
Pop" merchants are becoming the new targets of cyber criminals, says a 
PCI expert.

A recent report on PCI compliance by Verizon Business shows some 
unsettling trends, says Jen Mack, Verizon's director of global PCI 
consulting services.

Mack says Level 3 and 4 retailers are now being targeted by cyber 
criminals for the theft of credit card data. Examples of these targets 
include restaurants in several states that were hit in the past several 
months -- the latest being one that had its POS system breached in 
Tallahassee, Fla.

Level 3 merchants are defined by those merchants that have 20,000 or 
more credit card transactions annually. Level 4 are those that have 
fewer than 20,000 credit card transactions per year.

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