ISR News: WorldPay (CORRECTION: NOT PROPAY) Suffers $9M Heist


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A carefully coordinated global ATM heist last November resulted in a one-day haul of $9 million in cash, after a hacker penetrated a server at payment processor RBS WorldPay, New York’s Fox 5 reports. 

RBS WorldPay announced on December 23 that they’d been hacked, and personal information on approximately 1.5 million payroll-card and gift-card customers had been stolen. (Payroll cards are debit cards issued and recharged by employers as an alternative to paychecks and direct-deposit.) Now we know that account numbers and other mag-stripe data needed to clone the debit cards were also compromised in the breach. 

At the time, the company said it identified fraudulent activity on only 100 cards, making it sound like small beans. But it turns out the hacker managed to lift the withdrawal limits on those 100 cards, before dispatching an global army of cashers to drain them with repeated rapid-fire withdrawals. More than 130 ATMs in 49 cities from Moscow to Atlanta were hit simultaneously just after midnight Eastern Time on November 8. 

A class action lawsuit has been filed against RBS WorldPay on behalf of consumers.


Comments from Anthony M. Freed, Financial Editor:

This illustrates that even with the knowledge of a breach, the vulnerability to theft and fraud may remain for an indeterminable period of time, and this can create unease amongst stakeholders.

The markets hate uncertainty.

When the known quantities begin to add up in the tens of millions in real losses, coupled with a marked decline in stock prices, it’s time for leaders industry-wide to take affirmative steps to ensure that capital flows freely into information security technology, regardless shrinking budgets plaguing industries in the midst of this economic downturn. The alternative is to face ever bigger hits to value.

The costs of this breach have yet to be tallied, as it may take years for the full impact to be revealed, but there is ample time and there are already the tools available to reduce these risks significantly, and an investment has to be made today or we are guaranteed losses tomorrow.

Anthony is a researcher, analyst and freelance writer who worked as a consultant to senior members of product development, secondary, and capital markets from the largest financial institutions in the country during the height of the credit bubble. Anthony’s work is featured by leading Internet publishers including Reuters, The Chicago Sun-Times, Business Week’s Business Exchange, Seeking Alpha, and ML-Implode.

(WorldPay was previously identified in this story as “ProPay” by mistake for a short time – the editors apologize for any confusion or inconvenience)

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5 Responses to ISR News: WorldPay (CORRECTION: NOT PROPAY) Suffers $9M Heist

  1. That was frightenly coordinated.

  2. ceritaku says:

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  3. Jak says:

    Thank you for this thorough and useful explanation

  4. Very nice information. Thanks for this.


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