Target Breach Evolves – Easy Solutions Sees International Impact

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Dec 23, 2013 02:35 am PST

Following up on their original blog post late last week, noting a 10-20x jump in the number of Target breached cards hitting the black market, fraud protection vendor Easy Solutions is now seeing a number of international cards, especially from Latin America, hitting the black market.

Below are some of the key issues from the blog:

Target Breach Global Impact – Non-US Cards Hitting Black Market

It looks like it isn’t just American consumers dealing with the fall-out from the Black Friday Target breach.  A huge batch of 500,000 cards from non-US banks, with a big percentage from Latin America, have shown up on the black market for sale.  These “world dumps” fetch a premium and are selling from about $60 to well over $100 per card.

It is of course extremely common for well-heeled Latin American consumers to visit the US on shopping holidays where they can load up on goods to avoid customs delays back home.  Many Latin American banks have already adopted EMV or chip and PIN technology to help prevent wholesale copying and cloning of cards, but most EMV cards come with traditional magnetic stripe technology so foreign consumers can use their cards in the US.

The impact of this breach is unclear on the affected Latin American banks.  The rules that govern liability and fraud losses differ from country to country and in some cases, the consumer might end up holding the bag.  We recommend that all non-US banks pay special attention to card-not-present transactions in the coming days.

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