European Data Protection Digest

Data Stolen on an Estimated 100,000 Credit Cards

DATA THEFT—FINLAND

February 26, 2010

As many as 100,000 credit cards may have been compromised by what is being called one of the largest data breaches in Finland, the Helsinki Times reports. The theft involves the breach of a Helsinki store's computer system, and the stolen data has reportedly been used in other parts of the world. Henry Kylänlahti, the fraud and dispute manager at card payment company Luottokunta, which discovered the breach in January, has said the stolen information will not result in costs to true cardholders, the report states. According to Kylänlahti, store owners are responsible for security in such matters, and in this case, the shopkeeper's information security methods did not meet the standards.
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