Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd May 2011 22:27 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption " on Monday reported that an online Sony gaming network has once again fallen victim to a cyberattack. This time, the attack may have exposed the credit card numbers of thousands of Sony customers from around the world. According to the report, over 12,700 customer credit card numbers were stolen during a breach of Sony’s online gaming network, Sony Online Entertainment. According to, Sony discovered the possible attack on Sunday."
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In The Netherlands, your PIN number is a personal code. Not even your bank knows this number. In order to do ANY transaction , you need your bank card (swipe it) and then enter your PIN. The card alone is useless, the account number alone is useless, the PIN number alone is useless. You CANNOT perform ANY transaction without entering your PIN number. The system doesn't allow it. It's not optional.

For online transactions, Dutch banks have set up a system called iDEAL:

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