System break-in nets hackers 8 million credit card numbers

    Date24 Feb 2003
    CategoryHacks/Cracks
    5235
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    A credit card transaction processing company last week confirmed that millions of card numbers were stolen recently when someone hacked into its computers. But it defended itself by saying the culprits may not have obtained any useful information. . . . A credit card transaction processing company last week confirmed that millions of card numbers were stolen recently when someone hacked into its computers. But it defended itself by saying the culprits may not have obtained any useful information.

    Omaha-based Data Processors International Inc. (DPI) acknowledged in a statement that it "experienced a system intrusion" four weeks ago. But it added that the stolen data "did not include any personal information that could relate a card number to an individual."

    The hackers didn't get the names, addresses, phone numbers or Social Security numbers of any cardholders, according to the statement. "It's still unclear if any usable data was compromised at all," said DPI, which processes credit card transactions for direct marketing and mail-order catalog companies.

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