Global Payment has officially confirmed the breach of information although they are saying that it is contained and that no names or Social security number were lost. The estimate is that 1.5 million cardholders were affected. They have also confirmed that VISA has dropped them from their registry of provider that meet security standards.
Please do not misunderstand what it means by VISA ‘dropped’ them. Global is indeed still processing payments for VISA. Global expects to be reinstated. What this means is that if you have a VISA card you can still be affected by this security breach.
It is also possible that this information is being used right now. You need to be alert and be aware. Steps that you can take:
- Just because names and SSNs were not lost does not mean that anyone is safe. Thieves can still access information about you online. Update your passwords to your accounts.
- Make sure that your browser, antispyware, and antivirus protection is up to date.
- Do not overlook a missing credit card statement, it could be an indication that your account has been stolen and the thief turned in a change of address, redirecting that statement to them.
- Check your credit card statement closely for fraudulent charges no matter how small. Thieves often test cards by submitting charges for as little as five cents.
- Put identity theft protection in place now before you become a victim.
Identity Theft Shield will not only help you with getting the credit side fixed by working on your behalf with creditors, investigators will look for non-financial issues and help fix those too.