Heartland gains PCI compliance from Visa Staff

Payment processor Heartland Payment Systems Inc. regained its status as an approved service provider by Visa Inc., attesting that the firm is compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards.

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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.

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