wiredog writes, "The Washington Post writes about real-time credit-card theft from small merchants (registration required). An accompanying Security Fix blog commentary from Brian Krebs describes '...10 hours of lurking I did on a variety of underground chat and Web channels frequented by identity and credit card thieves. From that research, Security Fix confirmed recent data breaches at four online merchants that were unaware that hackers had broken into their databases until we contacted them.' Lesson: Don't buy online from the cheapest retailers. Guess where they are cutting costs to be the cheapest?" The article and blog commentary also cast doubt on the efficacy of online "hacker testing" services.
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