‘Massive’ credit card breach involves all major brands, could involve 10 million card members
A data breach at a payments processing firm, Global Payments, has potentially compromised credit and debit card information from all of the major card brands. On Friday, Global Payments, a company that processes card transactions, confirmed that “card data may have been accessed.” The company reported that it discovered the invasion in early March and “promptly” notified others in the industry. A U.S. Secret Service spokesman reported on Saturday that Global Payments is investigating the incident. The agency did not report how many accounts were affected, nor did it say what kind of information was compromised, but Visa Inc. released a statement saying that the invasion hit all of the big players.
Visa said, “Visa Inc. is aware of a potential data compromise incident at a third party entity affecting card account information from all major card brands.” On Sunday evening, Sandra Chu, a Visa spokeswoman, confirmed to CNN that Visa removed Global Payments from its list of preferred credit-card processors. American Express and Discover both released brief statements saying they are aware of the situation and are monitoring customer accounts for any suspicious activity. The “massive” breach was first reported by the esteemed security blog, Krebs on Security. The blog reported that the breach could involve more than 10 million card members.