Feeds

German card leak delivered by microfilm

Old school security breach

Securing Web Applications Made Simple and Scalable

Editors of the Frankfurter Rundschau newspaper were stunned to receive a box containing the microfilmed details of tens of thousands of credit card holders last week.

The anonymously-dispatched microfilm included customer details including names, address, credit card numbers and payment records. A few PIN notification letters were included within the parcel received by Frankfurter Rundschau but, contrary to early reports, PINs were not included on the microfilm received by the paper.

The data came from Landesbank Berlin, Germany's biggest issuer of credit cards, and referred to cards held with ADAC (a German motoring organisation), Amazon Visa and XBox Classic credit cards, among others. Also included in the package was a bill from IT service firm Atos Worldline addressed to Landesbank. Atos charged Landesbank €71,400 ($98,000) for data processing services.

Information in the package dated from last August.

It's unclear who sent the package or what motivated the leak, described by some elements of the German media as the "worst ever case of data theft" in the country. That may be a little over the top, especially since less than a fortnight ago cybercrooks' attempt to auction what they claimed were details of 21m German bank accounts on a black market website for €12m ($15.3m).

The one sure thing the Landesbank incident illustrates is that insecure servers and misplaced CDs are not the only potential source of information security data breaches. ®

The smart choice: opportunity from uncertainty

More from The Register

next story
BMW's ConnectedDrive falls over, bosses blame upgrade snafu
Traffic flows up 20% as motorway middle lanes miraculously unclog
Putin: Crack Tor for me and I'll make you a MILLIONAIRE
Russian Interior Ministry offers big pile o' roubles for busting pro-privacy browser
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
How long is too long to wait for a security fix?
Synology finally patches OpenSSL bugs in Trevor's NAS
Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert
Exodus vows not to sell secrets of whistleblower's favorite OS
Roll out the welcome mat to hackers and crackers
Security chap pens guide to bug bounty programs that won't fail like Yahoo!'s
prev story

Whitepapers

Top three mobile application threats
Prevent sensitive data leakage over insecure channels or stolen mobile devices.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.