American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc. (AXP)

Under Review: 
No Review
Date Breach Made Public: 
July 13, 2012
Los Angeles , CA
United States
California US
Records Breached: 


Breach Total Number: 
27 257
Year of Breach: 
Type of organization: 
Type of breach: 

A man was arrested in his Los Angeles home for allegedly purchasing and using stolen payment card numbers.  The credit and debit card numbers from American Express, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover were in the man's possession between January 11, 2012 and February 26, 2012.  The payment card numbers came from hacking the computer systems of a restaurant and a restaurant supply business in the Seattle area.  Two people who were associated with the hacking incidents had already been arrested. The man who purchased the payment card numbers is charged with conspiracy to access protected computers to further fraud, to commit access device fraud, and to commit bank fraud; eight counts of bank fraud; six counts of access device fraud; five counts of aggravated identity theft; and two counts of accessing a protected computer without authorization.

UPDATE (07/20/2012): Customer names and payment card expiration dates were also compromised.