Expired credit card number leaked. Problem?
January 8, 2012 4:32 PM Subscribe
How much should I worry about an expired credit card number being leaked in the Stratfor Lulzxmas event?
posted by anonymous to computers & internet (4 answers total)
Back in 2008, I took advantage of a one week free trial on Stratfor which required me to sign up with my card. I never paid them any money and cancelled after the trial period.
Recently I got 3 spam emails that alerted me to the fact my details were probably leaked, so I delved into the world of AntiSec and found the list of names, cc numbers etc. As I suspected, there I am. My name, email address, expired credit card number, and my old address (slightly incorrect as it happens). There's also the md5 hash of my password, which won't resolve to anything on the various md5 lookup sites I've come across. I don't actually remember what it was, but I assume this would be a good excuse to change all my passwords to new things anyway.
What should I do in response to this? I've heard from other sources that sometimes expired cards can still be used on certain websites, is this accurate? I'm planning on talking to my bank tomorrow.
(Also, given that the AntiSec press release saying this, "Who really pays $39.95 a month for daily right-wing political spam and access to a shitty drupal site?" I feel that I should stress that I didn't pay them anything and, as an impoverished graduate student, was doing it to see how awful their 'intelligence' was inside the paywall. Turns out I should have just circumvented their security, damn.)