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Error Exposes Credit Card Numbers to Internet Searches

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April 26, 2010

Four users of a social networking service based on sharing information about purchases with other users have had their credit card information exposed via Internet searches. "A series of gaffes...exposed the credit card numbers of four individuals within Google search results for more than two months," CNET News reports. The discovery was first published via an Internet news source on Friday. The problem began when Blippy made changes to its Web site in February and inadvertently exposed raw bank data, including the credit card numbers, according to CNET News, which were then picked up by Google's Web crawling technology.
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