Smallest State Victim of Big Break

Rhode Island might be the smallest state in the US, but not when it comes to the size of the hack against its governement. A recent break-in resulted in a bunch of stolen credit card numbers.

The interesting part of this story is not that some perpetrated a theft, but the descrepancy over the number of cards purported to have been stolen. A representative for the company that runs the state’s website claims a little over 4,000, and only 8 cardholders were actually affected.

To the Russian hacker who posted the results of his job, bragging rights were retuned to more than 50,000 numbers.

Who to believe is anyone’s guess.