Global Payments Inc. has "essentially completed" its data intrusion remediation efforts and will soon have its response to last year's massive breach of merchant and consumer card data reviewed by the major card networks—the final step before it can return to the networks' list of approved PCI-compliant vendors, according to executives of the Atlanta-based merchant processor.

In an earnings call with analysts Jan. 8, CFO David Mangum said the company is "right on the goal line," in moving past the attack it suffered in January and February 2012, when data from as many as 1.5 million card accounts was exposed.

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