Tweeting your debit card? New account aims to shame you

July 3, 2012
A six-week-old Twitter account is making apparent progress in its mission to get people to stop tweeting pictures of their bank cards, often with full numbers visible.

A six-week-old Twitter account is making apparent progress in its mission to get people to stop tweeting pictures of their bank cards, often with full numbers visible.

It's unclear who set up @NeedADebitCard, but several of the Instagram and Twitpic images of that it has found and retweeted on the microblogging website have been pulled down.

"Please quit posting pictures of your debit cards, people," it nevertheless implored alongside an avatar of a blank generic card.

On its Consumerist.com blog, the Consumers' Union said Tuesday there was little a criminal could do with a debit card without the three-digit CVV code imprinted on the back as an extra security measure.

"But that doesn't make posting images of your cards online is at all safe, or even close to being a good idea," it said.

"Those who have breached themselves should probably get new cards. And not snap pictures of them, this time."

Explore further: SanDisk Unveils 8-Gigabyte SanDisk Ultra II SDHC Card

Related Stories

Software defect hits millions of German bank cards

January 5, 2010

(AP) -- Millions of German bank cards have been affected by a "millennium bug"-like problem because they contain software that can't process the number 2010, industry groups said Tuesday.

Hackers expose more Israeli credit card details

January 6, 2012

A group of Saudi hackers calling themselves group-xp published details of more than 6,000 Israeli credit cards online in the second such incident in three days, army radio reported on Friday.

Tit-for-tat hack as Israeli posts Saudi credit cards

January 11, 2012

An Israeli hacker published details of what he claimed were more than 200 Saudi-owned credit cards online overnight in a revenge attack after a similar move by "Saudi" hackers earlier this month.

Recommended for you

Interactive tool lifts veil on the cost of nuclear energy

August 24, 2015

Despite the ever-changing landscape of energy economics, subject to the influence of new technologies and geopolitics, a new tool promises to root discussions about the cost of nuclear energy in hard evidence rather than ...

Smart home heating and cooling

August 28, 2015

Smart temperature-control devices—such as thermostats that learn and adjust to pre-programmed temperatures—are poised to increase comfort and save energy in homes.

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.