Hackers uses e-billing system connection to steal credit card data from 110 mln customers

Hackers uses e-billing system connection to steal credit card data from 110 mln customersLate 2013 Target (a massive US retailer) revealed it had been targeted by a team of unknown hackers, who managed to gain access to the personal info (and credit card numbers) of a whopping 110 million customers. It was, as onlookers noted at the time, a “disaster,” and the impetus for at least one lawsuit.

Today comes news that the breach may have originated with Fazio Mechanical Services, a small heating and refrigeration contractor based in Pittsburgh.

In a statement this week, the company acknowledged its systems – which have a data connection with Target for the purposes of electronic billing – were likely exploited by hackers.

“Like Target, we are a victim of a sophisticated cyber attack operation,” said Ross Fazio, the president of the company, in the statement. “We are fully cooperating with the Secret Service and Target to identify the possible cause of the breach and to help create proactive remedies to enhance the security of client/vendor connections make them less vulnerable to future breaches.”

This is once more a signal that with the adoption of e-invoicing and e-billing, we should take a closer look on the effect it has on society: bot as a whole as with regard to individuals.

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