Was this a regional TJ Maxx problem? I thought it was just credit cards. I always use my debit card at TJ Maxx and Marshalls.
Visa and Mastercard are enforcing a new encryption technology soon that will be mandatory for anyone doing business with them. It will be impossible for someone to steal credit card numbers from the computers at companies. When my husband worked for a ticket broker that ran a dot com, there were tape backups made every week that contained several thousand numbers. Someone would take these tapes home for the weekend since the tape backups were done on an off site facility that was managed by another company.
Once Rob told me that if we weren't moral people, we could sell the two tapes for over a million dollars and be out of the country before anyone was wiser. We didn't, but it has been done. With the new technology the encryption is two sided so no one person would have the encryption software needed to see the numbers. Kinda like needing two keys to arm a warhead.
I can't wait for this to happen, because it will make using cards a lot safer for all of us.
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