Congress steps in to examine POS security breaches

The POS security breach that affected Target, Neiman Marcus and other retailers last year continues to grow. As we reported last month, the FBI has warned of the possibility of future attacks and this week is was revealed that the White Lodging Services Corp — which manages Marriott, Holiday Inn, Sheraton and other hotel properties — has also experienced a breach.

According to Reuters, the issue occurred at food and beverage outlets at 14 hotels between March 20 and December 16 of last year. Data compromised includes customer names and the numbers of debit or credit cards, security codes and expiration dates.

All of this has led to the involvement of Congress, that is hoping to learn how these breaches were able to happen and who is to blame. According to an article from CBS News, today executives from several major retailers including Target and Neiman Marcus will be on Capitol Hill to testify about the breaches.

The goal is for lawmakers to gain more information and work on new legislation that will be used to keep company and customer data secure.

"Target was at fault, Neiman was at fault.  But they're not completely at fault.  They're asked to accept cards that are inherently dangerous," Ed Mierzwinski of U.S. Public Interest Research Groups, told the news source.

Any new law means retailers that use point of sale credit card processing solutions could be effected. With the help of a retail solution provider that specializes in POS systems, any company will be able to stay ahead of the competition.

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