Saturday, July 25, 2009

Network Solutions experiences major breach; question on credit card recepits

Brian Krebs of The Brian Krebs of The Washington Post reported on p A13 Saturday July 25, that Network Solutions, one of the nation’s biggest ISP and domain name providers, was hacked between March and June of 2009, and about 4300 e-commerce domains processing credit card transactions for over 570000 consumers could have been compromised.
The link for the story (p A13 in print) is here.

I have one small domain hosted by NS, but it does not process credit cards; in fact, I do not process any credit card transactions myself; all transactions for my books are processed by Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or iUniverse, or a few other retailers. So no visitors to any of my materials could have been affected by this.

On Friday July 24, Liz Crenshaw of NBC Washington briefly discussed FACTA, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse a critical discussion of FACTA here. A viewer had asked Liz whether credit card receipts can compromise identity security. Part of the answer has to do with truncation of credit card numbers to the last 4 or 5 digits on receipts (link).

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