The Top 9 Most Costly Financial Services Data Breaches

The recent data breach involving MasterCard and VISA card information is only the latest in a string of hacks and thefts that have cost financial institutions multimillions of dollars. Here are the biggest most recent data breaches.
April 02, 2012

Global Payments Inc.

Type: Hack
Cost: Unknown

On March 30, Brian Krebs, who runs the website, reported that MasterCard and Visa began warning banks about a breach at a processor that could involve 10 million compromised card numbers. According to Krebs, the alert says, "Full Track 1 and Track 2 data was taken -- meaning that the information could be used to counterfeit new cards."

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Global Payments Inc., which processes card transactions for merchants, has been hit by the breach. Global Payments now says the breach only involved 1.5 million accounts.

According to, Visa recently announced in a release that, "Visa Inc. is aware of a potential data compromise incident at a third-party entity affecting card account information from all major card brands. There has been no breach of Visa systems, including its core processing network VisaNet."

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