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Monday, December 26, 2005

Credit card info taken from Guidance Software is used in fraudulent activity 

I reported last week that Guidance Software Inc.'s customer database had been hacked (The Canadian Privacy Law Blog: Incident: Computer forensics firm hacked; credit card info of 3800 customers compromised). Now, there are some reports that some of the credit card numbers taken have been used in fraudulent activity:

The Hackers infiltrated key police database

...John Colbert, chief executive of Guidance, said the attack "is ironic, but it highlights that intrusions can happen to anybody. It’s not a matter of if, but of when, so nobody should be complacent about their (computer network) security."

The Los Angeles Electronic Crimes Task Force is leading an investigation, along with the U.S. Secret Service and FBI, Colbert said. He said the breach has led to "a few instances of fraud" involving the stolen credit card numbers.


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12/26/2005 07:20:00 AM  :: (1 comments)  ::  Backlinks
I think it's awful that credit card numbers are so easy of access! Some criminals use them in their fraudulent activity. I'm really afraid of that my Unsecured Gold MasterCard will suffer the same fate.
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