Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Citybank Warning

Just in case you needed a little cash today, do not use a City-Bank ATM as the network may have been compromised. Naturally Citybank wants everyone to know it wasn't a "Class Break".

A "class break?" in network security jargon, is when one breach leads to a whole new "class" of attacks on various systems, using similar methods. When it happens on a global banking network, it's also known as "really bad news." Update: Ben Popken at Consumerist reports that Citibank is now claiming that the breach was not a class break -- but acknowledges they've known about it for a month.

From Boing Boing "The woman I spoke with on the phone said that the networks in these countries (Canada, UK) were compromised, she sent a new card to my US address as a result of using said networks. She also told me that if I used these networks again, Citibank might lock my card again. She could not assure me that it wouldn't happen the first time I used the Canadian ATM network with my new card. Her suggestion to withdraw large sums of money was cute, but perhaps not unwarranted given the stupid state of Citibank."

Italics Mine

P.S. I'm having a tough time finding anything to satirize these last few days. As soon as I can think of someone to blame for my predicament I'll let you know.

P.P.S. Can anyone locate the shot of Bill Murray sitting in the pick-up truck with the rodent on his lap, from Groundhog Day?

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