Morning Money Matters: Hacking Heartland

January 26, 2009; News 12 This Morning

Anyone with a credit or debit card could be a victim of a record-setting security breach.

If you have one of those cards, chances are Heartland Payment Systems probably has your information. It's a company that processes 100 million transactions every month. Now, crooks have hacked Heartland.

MasterCard and Visa are to thank for noticing something fishy.
They notified Heartland, and investigators went to work. They actually found a data-stealing program some thieves planted in the system. This program didn't steal social security numbers or PINs, but a lot of other personal information is in the wrong hands.

So, what should you do? Well, all you can do is wait. Heartland says it will notify anyone who had information compromised. In the meantime, though, take a careful look at your credit and debit statements to make sure everything is accounted for. Heartland says it's doing its part by installing a new security system.

The company is also giving out information about the breach on it's website. You can click on the link below to learn more. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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