Concerns about credit-card security heightened Friday after a little-known Atlanta company disclosed it had been hit by hackers, potentially exposing hundreds of thousands of account holders to fraud.
Credit and debit card processor Global Payments has been hit by a security breach that has put some 50,000 cardholders at risk, Andrew Johnson reports on Lunch Break. Photo: Bloomberg News.
The breach at Global Payments Inc.GPN -9.06% is the latest in a wave of data attacks that have heightened consumer concerns about identity theft. The card industry has been particularly vulnerable to those concerns amid a slew of big breaches in recent years as more Americans choose to pay with plastic rather than cash.
The extent of the breach couldn't be determined and it wasn't immediately clear if cardholders have seen fraudulent transactions. Consumers typically aren't liable for unauthorized purchases made on their cards.
The company declined to say how many cards were at risk, but people familiar with the investigation estimated that it could be hundreds of thousands.
The company said it "identified and self-reported unauthorized access into a portion of its processing system." It added that in early March it "determined that card data may have been accessed."
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TSA agents in Dallas singled out female passengers to undergo screening in a body scanner, according to complaints filed by several women who said they felt the screeners intentionally targeted them to view their bodies.
One woman who flew out of Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport several months ago said a female agent sent her through a body scanner three times after the agent commented on her “cute” body.
Terrell said the female agent appeared to be acting on a request from male agents who were in a separate room viewing the scans and who apparently asked the agent to send Terrell back through the scanner twice because the scan was blurry.
After the third scan, Terrell said the agent seemed frustrated with her co-workers in the screening room. “She’s talking into her microphone and she says, ‘Guys, it is not blurry, I’m letting her go,’” Terrell said.