Mastercard Notifies Banks of Identity Theft From DMV

A “wide-ranging credit card data breach” may have
hit the state Department of Motor Vehicles, according to a low-key alert sent
by Mastercard to financial institutions this week, it was reported Saturday.

Security blogger Brian Krebs—who also broke the Target credit card
fraud— reported that five different banks had told him they had received the
alert.

“If indeed the online California DMV has suffered a breach of their
online payments system, it’s unclear how many card members may have been
stolen,” Krebs wrote on his blog today.

The breach reportedly affected both credit and debit card accounts,
Krebs said, and the cards were used for “card not present” purchases.

The Los Angeles Times reported at midday that officials at Mastercard
had confirmed the breach, without giving details.

No spokesperson was immediately available at DMV on Saturday.

Mastercard’s spokesman told The Times that customers should examine
their accounts for unauthorized purchases, the newspaper reported on its
website.

Krebs said banks have been given lists of credit card numbers by
Mastercard, including the credit card number, expiration dates and the three-
digit “security number” on the back of the cards.

The stolen numbers were apparently used for purchases between Aug. 2,
2013 through Jan. 31 of this year, Krebs reported.

—City News Service

Article source: http://monrovia.patch.com/groups/business-news/p/mastercard-notifies-banks-of-identity-theft-from-dmv-monrovia

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