Payment processor Heartland Payment Systems Inc. regained its status as an approved service provider by Visa Inc.,...
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attesting that the firm is compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards.
The company was placed on Visa's PCI-compliant list today. Visa dropped Heartland from its list of PCI compliant vendors in March following the disclosure that the processor suffered a massive data breach at its facility.
In a statement issued Friday, Heartland said it completed a successful annual PCI compliance assessment. Service providers are required to revalidate their compliance to Visa on an annual basis.
The Princeton, N.J.-based payment processor announced Jan. 20 that its systems were breached last year when intruders installed malware to pilfer data crossing the company's network. A number of arrests have been made. Sherriff's authorities in Tallahassee, Fla. arrested three suspects for using stolen credit card numbers to make purchases at local Wal-Mart stores.
In February, Heartland Chairman and CEO Robert Carr acknowledged a number of lawsuits filed against the company as a result of the breach. Carr said the company could not yet reasonably estimate the potential impact of the breach on the day-to-day operations of the business.