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[ISN] PCI: Smaller Merchants Threatened
By Linda McGlasson
Bank Info Security
October 19, 2010
The Payment Card Industry's Security Standards Council may be doing a
good job helping lock down larger retailers, but the smaller "Mom and
Pop" merchants are becoming the new targets of cyber criminals, says a
A recent report on PCI compliance by Verizon Business shows some
unsettling trends, says Jen Mack, Verizon's director of global PCI
Mack says Level 3 and 4 retailers are now being targeted by cyber
criminals for the theft of credit card data. Examples of these targets
include restaurants in several states that were hit in the past several
months -- the latest being one that had its POS system breached in
Level 3 merchants are defined by those merchants that have 20,000 or
more credit card transactions annually. Level 4 are those that have
fewer than 20,000 credit card transactions per year.
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