What's several thousand credit card numbers between friends?


I've always believed that Google is your friend, and it is especially friendly when it's telling you that 19,000 credit card numbers are freely available on the internet. That's what happened to someone in Australia, who received a strange-looking Google Alert.

The alert was triggered by a name that was within a list of about 19,000 credit card numbers and personal information. When the person realized that thousands of credit card numbers were there for the taking on the world wide web, he tried to report it to Visa and Mastercard. Their response? None.

Again and again we hear stories of poor security leading to the compromise of thousands of credit card numbers, along with vital information. This data breach didn't just include credit card numbers, it also offered names, addresses, expiration dates, and the CVV numbers from the backs of the credit cards.