2,500 Visa card holders at risk from US fraud

Visa said the theft of credit card data in the US of Australian card holder details affected about 2,500 cardholders in a serious way, with another 77,500 exposed to potential fraud. Banks will reissue cards for those most seriously affected, and banks and Visa will monitor the other accounts. The fraud, which involved stealing the numbers, expiry dates and names on credit cards, was first publicised last Friday when MasterCard identified an Arizona-based company as the source of the original security breach. The details of about 40 million cards worldwide were exposed.
Australians who have used their MasterCards or Visas while travelling in the US, or used their cards to buy goods online, were at risk.