The WSJ report only says that a "3rd party payment processor" was affected. Without all the facts, this could be a minor incident involving a few hundred transactions, or more. Hard to say at this point how "massive" it is.
[edited by: bakedjake at 5:52 pm (utc) on Mar 30, 2012] [edit reason] Please, let's keep this on topic. [/edit]
Boy aint this just dandy."Krebs reported that hackers had access to Heartland Payment Systems data from Jan 21 through Feb 25, and was able to siphon off enough data that they could use it easily to create counterfeit cards. His sources called the leak “massive.”
Frigging month they had an admin account what the heck were the IT guys doing "ahhh boss du do we have somebody from Central America working cuz we gots lots of entries from there." Crap now I see why our fraud charges have gone up. They say most have been used in NYC cabs yea right.
I have never heard of them either but looks like they are a fair sized processor.
Just to clarify, the breach reported is at Global Payments in Atlanta, not at Heartland Payment Systems (which was breached in 2008 and for which Albert Gonzalez and others were eventually charged and convicted).
MLHumptn 2nd that. Visa has dropped them because of this. From more reading on this I doubt the whole truth is out. I have a feeling the hackers got SS Numbers and a persons complete personal profile that can be used to produce new identities. Using CC to buy stuff is chunk change to creating a new profile then getting bank loans, new cc's etc. I have a bad feeling this is going to cause some people much harm.