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One million credit card numbers stolen! News at 11!
March 9, 2001 10:20 AM   Subscribe

One million credit card numbers stolen! News at 11! The FBI has gone public with a rather dry account of a huge organized attack on ecommerce sites, exploiting security flaws in NT which Microsoft fixed and offered patches for nearly two years ago.
posted by Steven Den Beste (5 comments total)

 
Funny story about this. A couple months ago I was at the body shop about to pick up my car and I gave them my credit card and it was declined! Now this sucked because before I went to to the shop I checked to see if I had enough funds so my ride just dropped me off. After trying a few more times I had to call the credit card company who told me it had been blocked (that morning!) because they were warned about a security breach from Egghead.com. Thanks Egghead for almost stranding me! (That will be my Epinions review's title if I ever make one.)

Before that everytime I heard about credit cards being stolen my thought was always who cares? If someone charges to my credit I'm not responsible, though it would be a hassle. Now I'm more careful. =\
posted by redleaf at 11:04 AM on March 9, 2001


Same thing happened to me. Uncannily, almost the exact same thing. I went to clutch mart to pick up my truck, and my card was declined. I write a check, then when I get home there's a message from my credit union saying they urgently need to speak with me. I call, and they tell me that they cancelled my card because egghead reported it as having been stolen from their site (that I stopped using back when it was onsale.com - I did grab a nice set of speakers from them for dirt cheap, and that was worth almost any future hassle).
posted by OneBallJay at 11:24 AM on March 9, 2001


On a side note - it's real fun trying to convince someone to take a check once your credit card's been refused. We actually called my credit union and verified that the money was there. I was nearly taking a cab back home (which I couldn't have paid for either).
posted by OneBallJay at 11:27 AM on March 9, 2001


I forgot to mention how I got home. The credit card company let that one transaction go through, told me to cut up my old one, and then they FedEx'd me a new a one.
posted by redleaf at 11:31 AM on March 9, 2001


http://www.arstechnica.com/wankerdesk/01q1/greathack-1.html
posted by Postroad at 1:27 PM on March 9, 2001


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