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Hacker Takes Credit for Bank Customer Data Dump

A hacker by the name of "Reckz0r" has claimed responsibility for breaching over 70 banks and releasing account details of over 1,700 customers online.

"I penetrated over 79 large banks, I've been targeting these banks since 3 months," said Reckz0r in a Twitter message.

Along with releasing a limited amount of customer information in a post on Pastebin (actual customer credit card numbers were omitted), the hacker said that he also has over 50 GB of data from Visa and Mastercard customers.

This comes after the alleged Anonymous member said that he was retiring from online illegal activity to focus on cyber security last week.

"I've done over 50 large hacks, and leaked many essential information, I am sorry if I harmed you, or affected your families," said Reckz0r in a separate Pastebin message from June 12.

While the information in the dump has not been verified, nor has there been word from any of the banks allegedly breached on the incident, many are questioning the legitimacy of the hack.

An anonymous source who works for the credit card industry told PCWorld that the user data posted by Reckz0r was pulled from another Web site that had the information up over two weeks ago.

"We see people try to dump stuff all the time and claim that it is real," said the unnamed source.

Sydney resident Julian Bale, whose name and personal information was among those on the dump, contacted PCWorld and said the home address and e-mail address information was from seven years ago.

Many security experts are actually speculating that the data leaked by Reckz0r this week and by others over two weeks ago came from a breach of Atlanta-based Payment processor Global Payments. It acknowledged last week that information pertaining to customers and merchants was stolen in March.

It is unclear whether Reckz0r had any connection with the Global Payments breach.

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Chris Paoli is the site producer for Redmondmag.com and MCPmag.com.

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