Credit card fraudPosted: October 30, 2005
An old Visa card I use as a backup just got hacked. I had two inconspicuous charges from Digital Age ($24.99) and Softprojects LLC ($9.95). I probably never would have caught them if it wasn’t for the charges showing up on my backup Visa where I never get monthly statements because of lack of use. This article on About has more information on the scam:
According to Congressional testimony provided by John Perry, President and CEO of Card Systems Solutions, the theft was carried out through the use of a malicious script planted on their system through an Internet-facing application. The malware was programmed to run every 4 days, at which time it sought out a specific file type and extracted credit card holder’s names, account numbers, expiration dates and CVV codes. The extracted information was zipped and forwarded to an FTP site where it was presumably retrieved by the attackers.
I find this difficult to believe. I highly doubt this sort of app was running on my Mac at home. At the office, I’d be surprised that it got through our firewall and that’s the only place I use a PC. Finally, I never use this credit card. That means this software would have had to have been installed on my work machine years ago–highly improbable. I think I was more likely one of the 40M credit card numbers that got stolen recently from CardSystems.
If you use Quicken or Money to track all your transactions, you might look for the following charges or keep an eye out for them to make sure you haven’t been hacked yourself.
TROUBLE BUBBLE LLC 215-310-9444 PA
KC SOFTWARECOM LLC
SUN SOFTWARE SYSTEMS 480-4520120 AZ
JM BUSINESS PRODUCTS
ART MAGIC INC.COM
INNOVATIVE SOFTWARE-Computer Maint & Repair
WWW.BURDETTINC.COM 801-407-1342 UT
SOFTPROJECTS LLC COLUMBIA S