NEWS: Hackers disrupt Western Union's online business
By Staff, AnchorDesk,
September 10, 2000 4:30 PM ET
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Western Union discovered on Friday that its site's
security had been compromised by hackers, according
to the Associated Press.
As of midday Sunday the site was still not operational,
displaying a message that the site was "temporarily
out of service."
Western Union on Sunday said hackers made electronic
copies of the credit and debit card information of
15,700 consumers who transferred money on the company's
Web site, which was left unprotected while undergoing
maintenance, the AP reported.
The company began notifying affected customers via
telephone and e-mail over the weekend and by late
Sunday had informed Visa and MasterCard about which
of its cardholders had been affected, AP said.