Heartland Breach Could Set a Record

Susan Hall

The security breach at Princeton, N.J., payment processor Heartland Payment Systems could be the largest ever, according to The Washington Post.


Robert Baldwin Jr., the company's president and chief financial officer, told USA Today that hackers had access to Heartland's system for "longer than weeks" in late 2008. The company processes about 100 million transactions a month at more than 250,000 locations across the country, according to ChannelWeb. The number of transactions intercepted has not been determined.


The TJX breach, in which 94 million customer records were intercepted in 2007, probably holds the record.

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Jan 21, 2009 5:06 AM ksingletary4solidcore ksingletary4solidcore  says:
What is really upsetting is that the disclosure information on what exactly happened will probably never come to light. But now the bar has been set that unless the next breach breaks this high water mark it will probably not get covered in the media, but rest assured this type of targeted attack occurs every day (just at smaller levels). The payment network infrastructure is weak and needs to be solidified (www.solidcore.com ) to provide the system integrity needed to start to win back consumer confidence. Reply

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