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Canada Dashboard Digest | Credit Cards Compromised Related reading: WP29 on data breach notification

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The Globe and Mail reports that nearly 700 Canadian credit cards were compromised as a result of a “new strain of computer malware infecting payment card terminals” used in restaurants and gas stations. “The viral code, JackPOS, infects point-of-sales terminals, a security breach similar to other highly publicized recent cases that struck victims such as the Target retailing chain or the White Lodging hotel management firm,” the report states, citing a map from U.S.-based security firm IntelCrawler LLC that indicated JackPOS accessed data from 400 credit cards in Vancouver and 280 cards in Quebec. IntelCrawler CEO Andrew Komarov said, “It provides (hackers) good results, as the security in this sector is surprisingly really very poor.”
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