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Security breaches reveal need for PCI compliance

September 27, 2012

Keeping credit card information secure is one of the most important things that a company can do these days.

Keeping credit card information secure is one of the most important things that a
company can do these days. However, if certain security measures such as PCI compliance are not met, then valuable information could get into the wrong hands.

In Australia, a group of Eastern European hackers illegally hacked into small businesses and stole information from as many as 500,000 credit card users, SC Magazine reports. The source states that the criminal syndicate involved in the latest scandal is likely the same one that pulled off a similar breach in 2011 at Subway restaurants in the United States.

According local law enforcement officers, the businesses targeted did not have a proper security system set up to prevent such attacks from occurring.  

“The network was setup by some local suppliers who didn’t understand IT security,” Deputy Superintendent. Marden told the magazine. “It was a disaster waiting to happen.”

In some cases, workers for a particular company may be responsible for stealing the information of credit card users. In May, 35-year-old Shatina Golden allegedly took information from patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, using credit card numbers for personal expenses, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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