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Swipely Gives Us New Ways to Share Embarrassing Purchases

Yesterday, the world of social shopping got a little more crowded, with the debut of Swipely, a network that, for the most part, borrows from Blippy's "Facebook for credit card purchases." Users can share purchases made with specified credit cards, and can sync their Gmail accounts with their Swipely profiles, enabling automatic forwarding of receipts from online purchases. There are, however, a ...

FarmVille-Addicted 12-Year-Old Runs Up $1,400 Credit Card Debt

Monetizing a highly addictive game like FarmVille can be great for business, and it can be devastating to personal accounts. Just ask the mom of a 12-year-old boy who recently piled up nearly $1,367 (£900) in credit card debt, simply because of his online agrarian addiction to FarmVille. The mother, who understandably chose to remain anonymous, says that after her son emptied the $478 (&pou...

Twitter Co-Founder Launches Square, the iPod-Ready Payment System

After changing the way we thought about social-networking with Twitter, co-founder Jack Dorsey needed another system to revolutionize, tackling the tired system of credit and debit cards. Today, Dorsey unveiled his new project, Square, for all the world to see, launching a Web site and giving Tech Crunch a firsthand look at how his new product works. Here's the basic idea: Square is a tiny dev...

Scientists Find RFID 'Fingerprint' That Could Prevent Counterfeiting

Radio frequency identification tags (RFID), which appear in items like credit cards and passports, have long been susceptible to hackers looking to steal personal information. Still, RFID tags are used in many ways -- from tracking a shipment of clothes to automatically opening a doggie door. But a breakthrough from a group of University of Arkansas scientists might just ease the minds of those wh...

Network Solutions Loses Nearly 600K Credit Card Numbers

You wouldn't think that a business called A-1 Lock & Key would have too many break-ins. And you might not believe that a store called Jojo's Gun & Pawn would be prone to a rash of stick-ups. But Web broker and online marketing firm Network Solutions recently ran into a great big Network Problem when a hackers' long term infiltration of its servers left 573,928 names, addresses, and credit ...

Senate Hopeful Coleman Deals With Donor Data Breach

Senate candidate Norm Coleman has a massive, self-inflicted headache to deal with after the personal information for thousands of his donors' was leaked in January. Supporters were notified, not by the Coleman campaign (which had known about the security breach since January), but via an e-mail from the nonprofit Wikileaks site on Tuesday. Cullen Sheehan, Coleman's campaign manager, sent out a...

MySpace Offering Credit Card (Seriously. Stop Laughing.)

We have seen no greater example of exactly why we are in our current dire financial straights than the new MySpace-branded credit card. In what we can only assume is a conspiracy by News Corp (owner of MySpace, Fox News and the Wall Street Journal) to ensure that the younger generation will be subject to the same crippling debt that we are, the social networking service has lent its brand name ...

More Credit Card Numbers Exposed, Visa and MasterCard Tight-Lipped

It was just a few weeks ago that the world learned of the millions of credit card accounts compromised by Heartland Payment, an account processing clearinghouse that had its networks infiltrated by hackers for months before anyone noticed. Now we have word of another breach, but this one is more mysterious. While both of the companies involved are reluctantly admitting that some cards were comprom...

Florida Struck With Three Cyber Attacks in One Week

Florida is turning into a hotbed of identity theft and credit card fraud. According to CNET, this week brought news of three major security breaches in Florida that have put the personal information of tens of thousands of regular citizens in danger. First, Best Buy discovered that an employee at a West Palm Beach location may have been using a device to skim data off of credit cards as they were ...

Millions of Credit Card Numbers Nabbed in Payment System Breach

It wasn't all that long ago that grocery shoppers at Hannaford were sent reeling with the news that their credit cards had been nabbed by hackers -- 4.2 million credit card numbers were stolen in total. If that was you, chances are you still haven't memorized your new credit card number, and that's just as well because you may need yet another one, as another breach has been identified -- one th...

New Visa Card Features Keypad, Generates Random Security Codes

In response to popular concerns with online credit card fraud, Visa Europe has announced a newly designed credit card, complete with a keypad and digital number display, according to the Daily Mail. While the credit card is of the usual size and features a credit card number and magnetic strip for use with conventional card readers, it does not have a security code number in the traditional sens...

British Hackers Using Stolen American Credit Cards

If you've heard the news about the millions of credit cards stolen from supermarket chains over the past year or so, you've probably started to trust your little slabs of plastic a little less than you did before. You're liable to be even more wary now, as word is being spread that British hackers are planning a mass assault on U.S. credit card accounts using numbers snagged from hacked security...

Hackers Who Stole Credit Card Numbers from Dave & Busters Arrested

The Justice Deparment on Monday said that a ring of international hackers has been busted after harvesting an untold quantity of credit card numbers from the servers of restaurant chain Dave & Busters. The hackers installed software on 11 of the company's 12 national servers that stole so called "track 2" data, which contains credit card numbers, expiration dates, and security codes, but no p...

Thieves Snag 4.2 Million Credit Card Numbers from Supermarket Chain

Since December of 2007, the massive grocery store chains Hannaford Brothers and Sweetbay were hit by one of the largest incidents of credit and debit card data theft the U.S. has ever seen. Hannaford Bros., which owns the supermarket chains in the Northeast United States and Florida, announced on Monday that thieves had snagged an estimated 4.2 million card numbers and expiration dates, though ...