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BBB, MN Cyber Crime Task Force Warn Small Businesses Foreign Hackers Are Targeting Them Immediate PCI Compliance Urged


Tue, May 25th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

May 25, 2010 - St. Paul, MN - The Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) and the Minnesota Cyber Crime Task Force (MCCTF) are issuing a warning to all small businesses that process credit cards. Foreign hackers are targeting smaller U.S. businesses with outdated or no online security software, stealing customer credit card information and then turning around and selling it on the Internet.



Businesses that are targeted by these cyber intrusions could be liable for any losses involving stolen credit card data, which could potentially bankrupt smaller businesses. All small businesses that process, store or transmit credit card information are urged to update their security software and become PCI compliant immediately.



"It's easy for small businesses to become lax in regards to their Internet security, thinking they're too small for hackers to bother with," said Dana Badgerow, president and CEO of the BBB. "However, according to the Minnesota Cyber Crime Task Force, these are the businesses which are squarely in the crosshairs of cyber criminals."



The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard is a set of requirements designed to ensure that all companies which process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment. Though the PCI security standard is not law, it was created by major credit card brands (such as Visa, MasterCard, Discover and AMEX), and at their discretion, merchants that do not comply with Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards may be subject to fines, card replacement costs, costly forensic audits and brand damage should a data breach occur.



According to the online PCI Compliance Guide( http://www.pcicomplianceguide.org/), Minnesota established the Plastic Card Security Act in 2007, which states that any company that is breached and is found to have been storing 'prohibited' PCI data (magnetic stripe, track data) will be required to reimburse banks and other entities for costs associated with blocking and reissuing cards. This law also opens up these companies to private lawsuits.



For more information on PCI compliance, visit https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org



The mission of the Better Business Bureau is to promote, through self-regulation, the highest standards of business ethics and conduct, and to instill public confidence in responsible businesses through programs of education an .....
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STILLWATER TEENS' TV SPOT WINS "DON'T TEXT & DRIVE" CONTEST

Mon, May 24th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL - A TV public service announcement produced by Stillwater teens humorously showing a nagging mom pushing cigarettes and alcohol onto her son - and other unsafe choices - won in a landslide in the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS)/A ..... 
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TASTE OF MINNESOTA ANNOUNCES MORE THAN 100 HOURS OF NONSTOP LIVE MUSIC

Thu, May 20th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. (May 20, 2010) -Taste of Minnesota will rock the Harriet Island riverfront with more than 100 hours of live music and a lineup that's bigger, bolder and better than years' past.

"This year's lineup at the Taste of Minnesota is ..... 
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Dylan Days taps Range roots

Wed, May 19th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

HIBBING, Minnesota - The 9th annual Dylan Days event in Bob Dylan's hometown

will be May 27-30 and organizers are "bringin' it all back home."

"This year our mix of music, art, literature and theater will take on even

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Minnesota Association of Museums Celebrates Arts, Culture, and Heritage Fund

Tue, May 18th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN: The Minnesota Association of Museums is pleased to announce "The Summit at Summit: A Celebration of Minnesota's Arts, Cultural, and Heritage Fund," organized for museum professionals and all Minnesotans working in the arts, culture a ..... 
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Minnesota Weekly Gas Price Update

Mon, May 17th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minnesota, MN, May 17- Average retail gasoline prices in Minnesota have fallen 7.1 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.78/g yesterday. This compares with the national average that has fallen 3.5 cents per gallon in the last week to $2.87/ ..... 
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AIRPORT FOUNDATION MSP ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF THE 2010 MSP EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Mon, May 17th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN - The Airport Foundation MSP awarded three Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport employees with a trophy, certificate, and check for $1,000 at the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) board meeting today.


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Veto of statewide health insurance wastes opportunity to save millions for schools

Wed, May 12th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn., May 11, 2010 - Education Minnesota President Tom Dooher released the following statement today regarding the veto of a statewide health insurance bill for school employees.



"Gov. Pawlenty's veto of the statewide healt ..... 
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$456,000 in Small Cities Development Program Grant is received by La Crescent and Dakota Minnesota

Tue, May 11th, 2010
Posted in State of Minnesota

Today Mike Poellinger, Mayor, announced that La Crescent and Dakota Minnesota have received a grant of $456,000 for improvements to owner occupied single family homes. "This is a big deal, said Poellinger, the grant will rehab twenty homes for our lo ..... 
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