(Credit card info breach costs millions) Losses caused by illicit use of major-brand credit cards issued in Japan following the theft of card information in the United States by hackers have exceeded 110 million yen, officials said June 22.
Data on 21,000 MasterCard-linked cards issued by 26 Japanese firms and on 46,000 Visa-linked cards issued by 12 companies may have been leaked from U.S. data-processing company CardSystems Solutions Inc.
Thirty-one JCB cards and 15 cards issued in Japan in a tie-up with Diners Club International Ltd. are among those whose data may have been stolen.
Data on Visa-linked cards alone were used illicitly to purchase products and services totaling 91 million yen.
Some of the stolen data was used to produce counterfeit cards, leading to the purchase of items such as DVD players and coupon tickets for Shinkansen bullet trains that can be easily converted into cash.
The losses are expected to be compensated for through insurance policies taken out by credit card firms, which may claim damages from Atlanta-based CardSystems.
Card replacement costs are expected to reach 100 million yen in the nation's card industry, industry officials said.
(Taiwan frigates sail disputed waters)
SUAO, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwanese warships carrying the nation's defense minister and speaker of Parliament were sent June 21 to defend fishermen who have repeatedly been chased by Japanese patrol boats away from disputed East China Sea waters.
In a move likely to lift diplomatic tensions, Defense Minister Lee Jye and Parliament Speaker Wang Jin-pyng led a group of lawmakers from Taiwan's ruling and opposition parties to the rich fishing grounds near a group of mineral-rich islands claimed by Taiwan, China and Japan.
The frigates, armed with antiship missiles, made no contact with Japanese vessels while near the islands - which are known as the Senkakus in Japan, Diaoyu in China, and Tiaoyutai in Taiwan.
"This area belongs to us historically, geographically and legally. There is no question about it," Wang told reporters. "We must defend our sovereignty and protect our fishing rights."