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Lead Story

The hope and hype ushered in by big data


Industry Update

Target hack underscores importance of breach reporting

Will showrooming spark retail innovation?

Bitcoin's influence grows

Colorado pot legalization highlights payments quandary


Watch your BYOD

Breaches across America – 2013


Scrutinizing the Fed's payments data

Patti Murphy
ProScribes Inc.


Street SmartsSM:
Back to the future, MLS style

Dale S. Laszig
DSL Direct LLC

Rejection: The self-fulfilling prophecy

Benjamin Abel
Bank Associated Merchant Services

Both optimism and pessimism present challenges

Jeff Fortney
Clearent LLC.

Company Profile

transmodus Corp.

RT Lawrence Corp.

New Products

A fast, accurate, real-time reporting tool

Electronic Payments


Making resolutions more 'sticky'


Resource Guide


A Bigger Thing

The Green Sheet Online Edition

January 27, 2014  •  Issue 14:01:02

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Breaches across America – 2013



Multiple locations, March 19, 2013 – Subway restaurants in California, Massachusetts and Wyoming experienced fraud when a former Subway franchise owner, working with an accomplice, sold POS software and later hacked into at least 13 POS systems to create fraudulent Subway gift cards worth an estimated $40,000. Both participants were indicted on March 6.

San Francisco, May 10, 2013 – A flaw in Coinbase's bitcoin wallet platform exposed information of an unknown number of merchants, including email addresses, and was detected when a phishing attack targeted merchants with emails that appeared to come from Coinbase.

San Francisco, May 22, 2013 – At least 22,900 customers who used the Vendini Inc. server to purchase tickets online may have had financial information compromised during a March 2013 breach incident detected April 25, 2013.



Phoenix, Feb. 25, 2013 – Credit card terminals in Sprouts Farmers Markets LLC stores in 19 Arizona and California locations were infected by malware between Jan. 25 and 29, 2013. Sprouts reportedly identified the issue within days of the breach and took immediate action.

Tempe, Aug. 8, 2013 – The names, dates of birth, security question answers, last four digits of credit card numbers and mileage of 7,700 US Airways Group Dividend Miles accountholders appears to have been compromised; mileage was reported stolen from accessed accounts.

Phoenix, Nov. 27, 2013 – An unspecified data breach potentially exposed the names, Social Security numbers (SSNs), bank and academic records of 2.9 million students, employees and vendors of Maricopa County Community College District and could cost $14 million to correct.



Chicago, Oct. 21, 2013 – Experian Information Solutions Inc. subsidiary Court Ventures Inc. reportedly gave SSNs, as well as driver's license, credit card and other personal data to fraudsters posing as legitimate private investigators, affecting about 500,000 consumers.


St. Louis, April 10, 2013 – Between December 2012 and March 29, 2013, a breach affecting 500,000 customers using debit and credit cards at 79 Schnuck Markets Inc. locations, may have compromised card numbers and expiration dates without exposing any customer names.

Kirkwood, Nov. 4, 2013 – Hackers obtained plain text archives that contained credit card numbers, expiration dates, names and addresses of 850,000 limousine and ground transportation customers. Minnesota

Minneapolis, Dec. 19, 2013 – Between Nov. 27, 2013 and Dec. 15, 2013, hackers reportedly accessed debit and credit card information, including PINs, of 70 million individuals using payment cards at Target Corp. stores; online customers apparently were not affected.



Little Rock, Sept. 20, 2013 – Two men pleaded guilty to placing skimming devices on gas pumps at Murphy USA stations in two states; they posted $400,000 in charges on fraudulent cards between April 2012 and January 2013, impacting 50 to 500 customer accounts.


Aventura, Oct. 10, 2013 – Six skimming devices equipped with cameras were discovered in a Nordstrom store. Witnesses reported seeing six individuals who entered the store on Oct. 5, split into groups of three and distracted sales reps while tampering with the registers.


Columbus, Oct. 31, 2013 – Spreadsheets with the names, SSNs, dates of birth and home addresses of former Total System Services Inc. employees were emailed to a personal address of a temporary staffing agency employee working with Paragon Benefits Inc. The individual was apprehended and charged with felony identity theft.


New York

New York, March 28 and 29, 2013 – On March 28, the JPMorgan Chase website was taken offline for a day due to a distributed-denial-of-service attack. One day later, the American Express Co. website was offline for two hours due to a similar hacker-related incident.

New York, July 26, 2013 – Malware installed on servers from November 2008 to October 2010 allowed hackers to execute commands, alter and steal data from NASDAQ OMX Group Inc. computers. Five foreign hackers were subsequently charged in a series of financial incidents targeting major corporate networks that resulted in exposure of over 160 million credit cards.

New York, Dec. 5, 2013 – An investigation found hackers were able to access personal information that included passwords, of 465,000 JPMorgan Chase prepaid Ucards in July 2013. This affected corporate payroll and government tax refund, unemployment, and benefit payments.


Gaithersburg, Nov. 28, 2013 – CVS Pharmacy Inc. agreed to a $250,000 settlement with the Maryland Attorney General, who charged its Maryland CVS Pharmacy LLC with failure to protect sensitive information when it disposed of patient records in publicly accessible places.

(Source: Privacy Rights Clearinghouse)

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