Data breaches start at the gas station, analyst says

Tuesday, 26 June 2007, 3:28 PM EST

Using a credit card at a gas station could pose more of a risk for data theft than shopping online. Point-of-sale terminals have emerged as a weak link in the security chain, according to a Gartner Inc. analyst.

When a card is swiped, point-of-sale (POS) terminals often collect and store the data held in the magnetic stripe on the back of a credit card, said Avivah Litan, a Gartner vice president and distinguished analyst. Retailers are often unaware that their POS applications collect so much information.

At Computerworld.

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