Heartland Data Breach: 27 New Institutions LinkedBanks, Credit Unions Informing Customers of Potential Risks
More than two dozen new institutions have come forward and informed their customers that their credit or debit cards were among those compromised in the Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) breach.
Heartland, the sixth-largest payments processor in the U.S., announced on Jan. 20 that its processing systems were breached in 2008, exposing an undetermined number of consumers to potential fraud.
The latest institutions to announce their connection to the breach are:
The news of these institutions informing their customers of the Heartland breach follows the filing of the first lawsuit against Heartland Payment Systems (HPY). One week after the Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) breach was announced, a class action lawsuit was filed by Chimicles & Tilellis LLP of Haverford, PA in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey on behalf of Woodbury, MN resident Alicia Cooper. It asserts that Heartland "made unreasonably belated and inaccurate statements concerning the breach."
The complaint says Heartland does not appear to be offering any credit monitoring services or other relief to consumers affected by the breach. Chimicles & Tilellis' complaint also says in addition to the questionable timing of the announcement of its breach, "there are materially misleading statements and omissions in Heartland's public description of the breach and its consequences."