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Monday
Apr022012

1.5 Million Credit Card Numbers May Have Been Compromised

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- You probably had a bigger chance of facing credit card security headaches than winning the Mega Millions lottery.

While there were just three jackpot winners, as many as 1.5 million credit card numbers may have been compromised by hackers. The latest breach came from Atlanta processing firm Global Payments, which announced on Friday unauthorized access into its processing system.

“We are making rapid progress toward bringing this issue to a close. Our nearly 4,000 employees around the world are focused on providing exceptional service. We are open for business and continue to process transactions for all of the card brands,” said Global Payments CEO Paul R. Garcia.

Visa has pulled Global Payments from a list of hundreds of firms considered to be “compliant service providers,” according to the Wall Street Journal. If you tried to pay with Visa on Sunday you may have been shut out for a while. Visa says a 45-minute outage was caused by a technical problem that’s apparently unrelated to the Global Payments breach.

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