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Local expert urges extra care after massive amount of data stolen from credit card holders

Original post made on Apr 11, 2012

Millions of people with Mastercard or Visa credit cards will likely be getting data breach notification letters in the next few weeks after a massive data security breach at one of the main companies that processes transactions.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 6:25 AM

Comments (4)

Posted by BillHilly, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 11, 2012 at 8:36 am

Data security breach in Atlanta? Surely it couldn't have been one of the affirmative action hires from a prison furlough program that would have had the audacity to do this. It was probably a European American head of security - as portrayed in the Damon Wayons movie "Mo' Money."

Good on Mr. Van Dyke for pointing out how little credit card companies will do to protect the consumer after it's their fault the consumer has been violated. Good think our politicians both left and right have such terrific relationships with these banks - I'm sure that means they'll hurry up and do what's best for the consumer in short order.


Posted by No Confidence, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Apr 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

How can we possibly move from a paper system to an electronic system with confidence when this kind of thing happens? I have yet to pay a bill on line, and probably won't until I'm certain this stuff won't happen. BTW, I got 2 calls: one from Visa, the other from my health plan administrator. So I've been compromised x 2.


Posted by Henrietta, a resident of Rosewood
on Apr 12, 2012 at 12:46 pm

With the new BART system now in place just about anything can happen.


Posted by Maggie, a resident of Valencia
on Apr 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Zero Liability...that is what you have when you use Visa. Can't say that for the cash in your pocket or in checking and savings. Using a Visa credit card is more secure than cash and checks. Your responsibilty is to report fraud in 60 days of transaction. Unfortunately there will always be hackers but again, youhave zero liability when reported in the 60 day time period. Can't say that about losing cash..


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