FBI Investigates Credit Card Hacking 'Epidemic'
The FBI is investigating a recent computer hacking incident in which as many as eight million credit card numbers may have been stolen from a company that processes transactions, industry representatives and investigators say. In what is believed to be the biggest credit card hacking incident so far, Omaha-based Data Processors International, which processes transactions involving Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover Financial Services for merchants, said in a statement that it had “recently experienced a system intrusion by an unauthorised outside party”. “We are aware of the matter and looking into it,” said FBI spokesman Paul Bresson, who said he could not comment further on the pending investigation. The credit card issuing agencies said there had been no evidence that the numbers had been fraudulently used and cited “zero-liability” policies under which consumers would be protected in the case of fraud. Full Story