Site shuts down credit transactions after security complaint

Thursday, 31 October 2002, 2:19 PM EST

E-commerce site cybergames.co.za was this week forced to stop accepting credit card payments after an anonymous complaint that the site was not secure.

Credit card gateway company SETcom on Monday suspended the site's account and refused to process further credit card transactions after being informed that no encryption was being used to protect client details on the site.

“It is down and it will stay down until the issue is addressed,” says SETcom MD David Liu.

A concerned citizen going by the pseudonym “Tyrebender” late last week informed the company that Cybergames was using no encryption when accepting credit card details. Such details sent via an unencrypted connection can be readily intercepted and misused.

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