RBS WorldPay data breach puts 1.5 million cardholders at risk

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

RBS Worldpay, the electronic payment service, has admitted that hackers have broken into its systems and may have accessed the personal information of some 1.5 million cardholders and other individuals. Of these, some 1.1 million people may have had their social security numbers compromised by the hackers.

According to reports, the company informed law enforcement agencies and federal regulators of the incident on 10 November, but it waited until 23 December before issuing a press release and publishing advice to affected customers on its website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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