A security breach that hit payment processor Global Payments was confined to its North American operations and “exported” data for about 1.5 million holders, the credit card payments processor said Sunday evening. The exported information included Track 2 data. Cardholder names, addresses, and social security numbers were out of reach of the attackers, the statement added. It went on to say the breach has been contained and investigators are “making rapid progress toward bringing this issue to a close.”
“The company continues to work with industry third parties, regulators, and law enforcement to assist in the efforts to minimize potential cardholder impact,” a Global Payments statement read. “It has engaged multiple information security and forensics firms to investigate and address this issue.” Global Payments didn’t say what it meant by the term “export” nor did they say how many accounts were actually exposed by the breach.