MasterCard International reported late this afternoon that more than 40 million credit card accounts of all brands, including 13.9 million MasterCards, may have been exposed to fraud through a security breach at a third-party payment processing company.
MasterCard said in a statement that its analysts and law enforcement officials identified a security hole at CardSystems Solutions, a company based in Tucson, Ariz., that processes more than $15 billion in Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, online debit and electronic transfer transactions a year for small to midsize merchants and financial institutions.
Representatives of the company were not immediately available for comment, but the breach represents one of the largest in a relentless string of security failures at financial institutions, data aggregators, media companies and other organizations that compile, store and transmit consumer data. The breaches have generated numerous state and federal bills aimed at curbing the persistent leaks and holding companies more responsible for their handling of consumer data.
Although inconclusive on the cause of Ms. Schiavo’s collapse at age 26, the autopsy report by the medical examiner of Pinellas County, where Ms. Schiavo died 15 years later, generally supported the view that she had been unaware and incapable of recovery regardless of any therapy or treatment. It also found no evidence that she had had an eating disorder that could have triggered her collapse, nor any indication of abuse or foul play, as suggested by her parents.
The lack of an identifiable cause of Ms. Schiavo’s condition was one factor cited by Governor Bush in his letter to the prosecutor today. Mr. Bush focused on what he said were discrepancies in the timeline concerning her initial collapse on Feb. 25, 1990, and her husband’s summoning of aid. Mr. Bush said that records showed that Mr. Schiavo called 911 at 5:40 a.m. that day. The governor noted in his letter to Mr. McCabe that Mr. Schiavo had said during a medical malpractice trial in 1992 involving his wife that Ms. Schiavo collapsed at 5 a.m., but in a more recent television interview had said that he found her at 4:30 a.m.
“Between 40 and 70 minutes elapsed before the call was made, and I am aware of no explanation for the delay,” Mr. Bush wrote. “In light of this new information, I urge you to take a fresh look at this case without any preconceptions as to the outcome.”
A spokeswoman for the state attorney said that Mr. McCabe was traveling but was aware of the governor’s letter and would look into it.
So… the woman is dead, therefore we’ve got to investigate the presumed causes of her death fifteen years in the past? Didn’t this make everyone look bad enough already?