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Re: Encrypting Credit card numbers

by diskcrash (Hermit)
on Apr 23, 2001 at 02:07 UTC ( #74607=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Encrypting Credit card numbers

Dear Pete-

In your original question -

How to securely store credit cards to make them safe in case of a system penetration.

Don't forget the low tech, Kevin Mitnick style, social engineering. If you get enough credit cards, as previously noted, you become an attractive target.

Consider:

  • Who has physical access to any system that has these numbers?
  • Are the passwords written on the monitor?
  • Where and how secure are your backups?
  • Are there operators who have been warned against sneaky people calling up seeking "help"?
  • Is the server room decently locked up?
  • Does just anyone have the ablity to come and go?
  • How good is the security of the back end that clears the transactions?
  • Do you actively patrol the security updates for the OS?

Sometimes the fancy lock pick is a crow bar. -Diskcrash


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