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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Google Search Exposes Credit Card Details

Just days after the Symantec credit card information leak fiasco was exposed by BBC News, there is more bad news for credit card users in the UK.

This is because personal and credit card details of thousands of Visa, Mastercard, and American Express customers were listed online and were freely accessible via a simple Google search. About 19,000 Brits are allegedly affected.

According to media reports, the information was first posted on an unsecured server in Vietnam, used by fraudsters. The site was closed down in February, but the information remained available on Google. quoted UK trade association for payments APACS spokesperson as saying that most of the cards on the list had already been cancelled, but there are concerns that their owners were not made aware of the fact that their credit card details had been leaked online. The report added that a Google spokesman said that the information has now been removed.

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