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Heartland To Pay Discover $5 Million

DATA LOSS—U.S.

September 2, 2010

Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., agreed on Wednesday to pay Discover Financial Services $5 million to resolve issues related to its 2008 data breach, reports the Associated Press. Heartland said this marks the last of its credit card brand payouts, which include $3.5 million to American Express, $59.3 million to Visa and banks and $41.4 million to MasterCard. The breach occurred when cyber criminals hacked Heartland's computer network, exposing as many as 100 million customer credit card numbers, expiration dates and some internal bank codes.
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