Park At DIA? Your Credit Card Info Was Stolen

February 23, 2006

There's bad news for anyone's who's parked at Denver International Airport and used a credit card to pay in the last seven years. Your credit card information has been stolen.

Denver police launched an investigation into the theft 10 days ago.

Even though the theft occurred more than a week ago, no warning has been issued.

The records -- all seven years' worth -- were apparently stolen from the vendor responsible for parking at DIA.

"Obviously, this has come up now because of an e-mail, and it's been made public, but we don't feel that it should be of great concern," said DIA spokesman Steve Snyder.

The e-mail that came to 7NEWS and sent to Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper exposed a security breakdown concerning credit card numbers that were used to pay for parking at DIA.

"We want to find out exactly what happened. We're cooperating with DPD and ACS (the parking vendor) completely, to try and find out exactly what happened, why it happened and how to keep it from happening again," Snyder said.

According to DIA management, data tapes containing credit card information were stolen 10 days ago.

"Based on the information that we've been given by ACS, we believe it's highly, highly, unlikely that that information could be, first of all, retrieved. And then, the information that was on there was so minimal that we don't believe that it could be used for any ... could be used inappropriately at all," Snyder said.

Since the security breach, the vendors have made changes to the procedures in the way that they're protecting credit card information from now on.

When asked why DIA did not come forward with this information 10 days ago and alert the public, airport officials said that DPD told them not to because they didn't want to compromise the investigation.

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