On Jan. 20, 2009, Heartland Payment Systems Inc. reported it had been victimized by hackers who compromised an unknown number of cardholder data accounts. To foster transparency, as well as reassure businesses, Heartland notified its entire roster of over 150,000 merchants to help them understand the breach and what it means to them.
"We have a very dedicated staff here who believe solid, trusted relationships with our merchants are more important than anything else," said Jason Maloni, Spokesman for Heartland. "This stands right alongside our respect and appreciation for data security, which we hold very dear. We here at Heartland are just sick about what happened, so we're acting as quickly as possible to make certain that it never happens again."