[ISN] Heartland Data Breach: Institutions Still Feel the Sting

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 2009 04:41:54 -0500 (CDT)

By Linda McGlasson
Managing Editor
Bank Infosecurity
June 23, 2009

A Tampa, FL-based credit union has notified 56,000 members that their 
Visa check cards were exposed to fraud as a result of the Heartland 
Payment Systems (HPY) data breach announced back in January.

Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union discovered only at the end of May 
that some of its customers could be in danger from the payments 
processor breach in which customer account data from millions of credit 
and debit card transactions was exposed. The credit union is issuing new 
cards to all members whose accounts were compromised. Fewer than 1,000 
members were actually affected by fraud as of last week, according to 
Melva McKay-Bass, senior vice president of member service operations for 

Suncoast Schools FCU, with 450,000 members, has 50 locations in central 
Florida and reported nearly $5.9 billion in assets in 2008.

The credit union began notifying members via mail in the first week of 
June, says McKay-Bass. "It was not a Suncoast exclusive event, nor was 
it through any fault of our own," McKay-Bass told the St. Petersburg 
Times. "It was not anything that we had done wrong."


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