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million credit card details
The FBI found that for a whole year an organized
group of hackers from Eastern Europe exploited known
Windows NT vulnerabilities in order to steal customer data.
Their main interest was in blackmailing Internet banks and retailers, but they also managed to pick up a million customer credit card details along the way.
case of fraud
Even Internet experts aren't safe. An Internet investigator at a County Sheriff's
Department had his bank account cleaned out through abuse of his debit card details.
It looks likely that a group of Thai hackers were to blame.
A failed porn site put all its customer details on its Web site, including their
orders and credit card details.
forced to close
A security leak led to two customers' details being published on the site.
cards replaced after CD site hack
Just a precaution, of course. But when a hacker gets access to a company database,
this kind of stuff is inevitable.
they're hacking shopping databases
Never thought of Wales as a hackers' hot spot? Think again.
An organization set up by the ecommerce industry to reassure consumers.
The idea is, you see the TRUSTe privacy seal on a shopping site and believe
it has excellent privacy procedures. Unfortunately its dealings with Microsoft
and Real Networks seem to have a touch of the master/slave relationship
about them, so there's a big credibility gap. Here's a report
from TheStandard and a similar slagging from Slashdot.
Another approval system, this on from the Better Business Bureau. The
strap line, "Promoting Trust and Confidence on the Internet"
says plenty. How about "Protecting the Rights of Consumers against
Big Business Interests"? Now that would be worthwhile.
It would make life
a lot easier if a privacy seal existed that could be trusted 100%, but
so far it hasn't happened. In Europe the Data Protection Act applies to
Internet transactions, so there's some kind of legal recourse. In the
US, they're still scrabbling around to find an equivalent.
A decent site reporting on Internet fraud.
Some sobering statistics from one online shopping company
every Web site can find out about you