Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 2nd May 2011 22:27 UTC
Privacy, Security, Encryption "Nikkei.com 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 Nikkei.com, Sony discovered the possible attack on Sunday."
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vodoomoth
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2010-03-30

I contend this: in each and every situation (except tolls on highways) where I have had to use my bank card, I have always entered the PIN code.

I repeat, **each and every time**: gas, groceries, post office, Internet payments, etc. Sometimes (when using an automaton) entering the code is the first task you do, i.e. even before selecting what you are buying. The typical cases I can think of are post office operations and gas stations.

So I don't know what part of France you are referring to, but I've never experienced it.

The only possibility I can see what you refer to being valid in France is when the card has no chip on it and a swipe is needed. These are ALWAYS foreign cards as all domestic cards I've ever seen had a chip, which mandates entering the code. Moreover, I've worked for years as a cashier in parkings, back when I was a student, and I have **never** swiped a card (like it's done with American Express cards). In ten years of living here, I have never swiped my own card either.

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