Heartland data breach involves millions of customer transactions


With all the earnest concern of a 2-year-old with milk on his chin, Heartland Payment Systems, a credit transaction processor for over 250,000 businesses, has reported a mighty considerable data breach. From it's Princeton NJ headquarters, Heartland has reported that investigators hired by the company have discovered malicious software which was intercepting transaction data as it was being sent to its in-house system for processing. The company considers the theft of customer names, card numbers and card expiration dates to be good news, as opposed to if data thieves had also harvested Social Security numbers and card holder addresses. Apparently, Heartland Payment Systems has formed the opinion that this data breach presents little in the way of an identity theft hazard.