Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Attacks/Breaches

2/17/2009
02:20 PM
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Three Arrested For Using Stolen Heartland Credit Card Numbers

Heartland Payment Systems, which handles about 100 million payment transactions per month, reported in January that its network was compromised by malware in 2008.

Police in Florida last week arrested the three suspects alleged to have been using credit card numbers stolen from Heartland Payment Systems.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office, the Tallahassee Police Department, and the U.S. Secret Service announced the arrest of Tony Acreus, Jeremy Frazier, and Timothy Johns. They said that the three men had been using stolen credit cards numbers electronically written onto Visa Gift Cards to purchase over $100,000 in goods at local Wal-Mart stores. Those goods were allegedly sold for cash.

The law enforcement groups allege that the credit cards used "were stolen in an international computer hijacking of records from the Heartland Processing Center in New Jersey."

"This cooperative investigation between local and federal law enforcement has effectively shut down a complex and far-reaching criminal enterprise," said Sheriff Larry Campbell in a statement. "We will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to take these criminals off our streets."

A spokesperson for the Leon Country Sheriff's Office said he couldn't provide any information about whether any of the three individuals arrested played a role in penetrating Heartland's network. He said that the investigation is open and still active.

Heartland Payment Systems, a leading payment processing company, said last month that its network had been compromised by malware in 2008. The Princeton, N.J.-based company, which handles about 100 million transactions per month, hasn't disclosed the number of accounts exposed by the security breach. But assuming a multimonth exposure period, the breach has the potential to be the one of the largest on record, if not the largest.

A spokesperson for Heartland Payment Systems said the company was delighted to see progress being made in the case but was unable to provide any information about whether or not any of those arrested were involved in the actual breach last year.

The company also doesn't have any information to provide about how many accounts were compromised or about the duration of the breach. The spokesperson said he expected that the company would provide that information at a later stage in its investigation of the incident.

Since the breach was first reported, at least 15 civil lawsuits have been filed against the company by affected individuals and banks.


To fight cybercrime, enterprises are assembling forensic SWAT teams trained to locate high-risk threats, armed with the latest investigative software, and empowered to work directly with legal counsel to report breaches to law enforcement in accordance with policy. Find out more (registration required).

 

Recommended Reading:

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
COVID-19: Latest Security News & Commentary
Dark Reading Staff 7/9/2020
Introducing 'Secure Access Service Edge'
Rik Turner, Principal Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Omdia,  7/3/2020
Russian Cyber Gang 'Cosmic Lynx' Focuses on Email Fraud
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  7/7/2020
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon
Current Issue
Special Report: Computing's New Normal, a Dark Reading Perspective
This special report examines how IT security organizations have adapted to the "new normal" of computing and what the long-term effects will be. Read it and get a unique set of perspectives on issues ranging from new threats & vulnerabilities as a result of remote working to how enterprise security strategy will be affected long term.
Flash Poll
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
The Threat from the Internetand What Your Organization Can Do About It
This report describes some of the latest attacks and threats emanating from the Internet, as well as advice and tips on how your organization can mitigate those threats before they affect your business. Download it today!
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2020-15001
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-09
An information leak was discovered on Yubico YubiKey 5 NFC devices 5.0.0 to 5.2.6 and 5.3.0 to 5.3.1. The OTP application allows a user to set optional access codes on OTP slots. This access code is intended to prevent unauthorized changes to OTP configurations. The access code is not checked when u...
CVE-2020-15092
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-09
In TimelineJS before version 3.7.0, some user data renders as HTML. An attacker could implement an XSS exploit with maliciously crafted content in a number of data fields. This risk is present whether the source data for the timeline is stored on Google Sheets or in a JSON configuration file. Most T...
CVE-2020-15093
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-09
The tough library (Rust/crates.io) prior to version 0.7.1 does not properly verify the threshold of cryptographic signatures. It allows an attacker to duplicate a valid signature in order to circumvent TUF requiring a minimum threshold of unique signatures before the metadata is considered valid. A ...
CVE-2020-15299
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-09
A reflected Cross-Site Scripting (XSS) Vulnerability in the KingComposer plugin through 2.9.4 for WordPress allows remote attackers to trick a victim into submitting an install_online_preset AJAX request containing base64-encoded JavaScript (in the kc-online-preset-data POST parameter) that is execu...
CVE-2020-4173
PUBLISHED: 2020-07-09
IBM Guardium Activity Insights 10.6 and 11.0 does not set the secure attribute on authorization tokens or session cookies. Attackers may be able to get the cookie values by sending a http:// link to a user or by planting this link in a site the user goes to. The cookie will be sent to the insecure l...