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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RE: Out of band authentication
by Thom_Holwerda on Tue 3rd May 2011 08:54 UTC in reply to "Out of band authentication"
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Anyways, posters here seem to be getting confused about pins being a requirement of using debit cards. My bank advertises that I can use my debit card anywhere visa is accepted, even shops only setup to accept "credit cards". This is because Visa handles both ends of the transaction, be it credit or debit.

It doesn't work like that here, luckily. Your bank card's payments (debit, PIN required) are handled by Interpay, the organisation that handles the backend. I do believe your bank card can be *compatible* with VISA/MasterCard, and that the backend is compatible with it also. All Dutch banks and virtually every shop/restaurant/etc. accepts bank card payments (swipe/enter pin/press ok).

However, here in The Netherlands, everything is done either in cash, or 'via PIN' (debit card/bank card), as we call it. Credit cards are mostly used when travelling outside of the EU - but even there it isn't necessary, as I was perfectly able to use my bank card at ATMs in Austin and Dallas, TX, 10 years ago.

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