Slideshow 6 Notable Cyberattacks Against Payment Processors

  • May 10 2013, 1:17pm EDT
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ATM Cash-Out Scheme

EnStage and ElectraCard were reportedly targeted in a scheme that saw $45 million in fraudulent ATM withdrawals from prepaid card accounts. (Image: ThinkStock)

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Global Payments

Global Payments disclosed a breach of up to 1.5 million card accounts last year, as well as a separate breach of merchant data it collects as part of its underwriting process. The processor detected the breach on its own. "It is reassuring that our security processes detected an intrusion," Chairman and CEO Paul Garcia (pictured) said at the time.


In 2011, Fidelity National Information Services was struck by a data breach that cost it $13 million. Similar to the scheme disclosed by prosecutors May 9, the earlier FIS incident saw its perpetrators "drastically increase or eliminate the withdrawal limits" for just a handful of cloned cards, security expert Brian Krebs reported on his blog.


Heartland Payment Systems disclosed a major security breach in 2009, after passing numerous audits that indicated it was compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. "The audits that are used to determine compliance are very much overvalued, and we overvalued our audits," Robert O. Carr (pictured), Heartland's chairman and CEO, said at the time.

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WorldPay also disclosed a data breach in 2009. In that instance, the personal information of 1.5 million prepaid cardholders, as well as the Social Security numbers of 1.1 million individuals, were potentially compromised by hackers. (Image: ThinkStock)


In 2005, MasterCard disclosed that CardSystems Solutions Inc. had been breached, causing millions of dollars in fraudulent card transactions. (Image: ThinkStock)