Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bank Sues Savvis Over 2005 CardSystems Breach

Angela Moscaritolo writes on SC Magazine US:

Utah-based Merrick Bank claims to have lost $16 million as a result of a 2005 breach of payment card processor CardSystems Solutions and is now seeking legal restitution from an IT company it hired to audit the processor.

Merrick Bank is suing an information technology firm, Savvis, for negligence in its audit, which deemed the now defunct CardSystems compliant with Visa and MasterCard's card transaction security standards. According to a complaint filed on May 12, 2009 in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, before doing business with CardSystems in 2004, Merrick Bank hired Savvis to assess whether the payment processor met Visa and MasterCard's security requirements.

In its audit, Savvis concluded that CardSystems had sufficient security solutions and operated in line with industry best practices. Savvis recommended that CardSystems be recognized as compliant with Visa's Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP), which ensured that payment card processors have a secure network infrastructure in place, and certain security policies and operational procedures are being followed.

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