Hackers compromise Guidance Software systems

By Justin Mann on December 20, 2005, 2:57 PM
Guidance Software, a computer forensics firm, recently had their systems compromised by hackers, and that some odd 3,800 people may have had credit card information stolen because of this. As the result of a customer of theirs finding thousands of dollars worth of charges that shouldn't have been, it was discovered that Guidance Software was storing the CVV number, which is often used online as another layer of protection for online shoppers, a number that merchants are expressly forbidden from storing.

Though the company has now stated they won't be storing credit card information from this point forward, it's a warning to both companies and individuals alike about the danger of identify theft of how important it is to keep your data secure. Read the original article at the Washington Post.

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