New Study Warns Retailers About Credit Card Machines

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A code can hack nearly every credit card machine in the country, according to a new study from a cyber security firm

In this digital age, our information can get stolen within a matter of seconds.

“Unfortunately to the consumers it’s seems like there’s nothing that you’re gonna be able to do to completely prevent yourself from being involved in a data breach situation,” Better Business Bureau president Monica Horton says.

Recently, Trustwave Researchers examined the credit card terminals at more than 120 retailers nationwide.

They found that these retailers hadn’t changed the passcodes to their credit card readers since 1990, making it easier for hackers to attack.

“There is a payment card industry standard, companies must be PIC compliant if they are accepting credit cards,” Horton says. 

Horton says the BBB has an online tool kit called “Data Security Made Simpler” and it helps businesses start working through a process to assess their data security, something Wichita Falls residents say they hope businesses utilize.

“You know what do you do it’s the digital age. Everything is so insecure with changing passwords,” Leslie Knight says. 

“In stores, a lot of times I pay cash because I’d rather pay cash than swipe my credit card,” Lloyd Marks says. 

Cybercriminals have been increasingly targeting vulnerabilities in point-of sale terminals over the last few years.

The largest breach was at Target stores two years ago, which affected up to 70 million customers.

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