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Hackers have accessed details of almost 1.5 million credit card accounts in North America, a major credit card processor has revealed.

Global Payments, which provides processing services for nearly every major credit card company including Visa and MasterCard, admitted it had suffered a major security breach on Friday.

The breach was revealed after Visa withdrew from using the company's services as a result of the problem.

According to The Wall Street Journal, card and account information was exported from the servers of Global Payments.

It's thought that the criminals didn't obtain card-holder names, addresses or social security numbers. However the company admitted that the data taken from each account would be enough to make fraudulent transactions or clone the cards.

A spokesperson from Global Payments told the Wall Street Journal: "[b]ased on the forensic analysis to date, network monitoring and additional security measures, the company believes that this incident is contained." 

Visa has released a statement saying their customers were victims of data theft, but added that its own systems had not been hacked. Mastercard also issued a statement saying it was monitoring the situation.

Global Payments has not revealed how the intruders got access to the information.


Hackers steal 1.5 million people’s credit card deals from payment processor
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