Mizzou cracks down on credit card use
News from Springfield News-Leader:

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri athletics department is tightening employee use of school-issued credit cards after an audit found a series of improper purchases, including bills for more than $ 7,600 from a Las Vegas strip club.

Department spokesman Chad Moller said Tuesday that director of video operations Michael Schumacher had repaid $ 7,605.50 for two credit charges from a May 5, 2011, visit to Olympic Garden. One of the charges included a $ 2,000 tip on a $ 4,400 bill at a nightclub billed as the “only Vegas strip club on the Strip.”

Schumacher was representing Mizzou at a professional conference but traveled alone, Moller said. He said “responsive and appropriate disciplinary action was taken,” but that he was unable to elaborate on a personnel matter. Schumacher did not respond to several messages left at his home and campus office.

The Aug. 14 Pricewaterhouse Coopers audit — part of a routine and periodic review of university business functions — also flagged nearly $ 3,000 in charges by former men’s basketball director of operations Jeff Daniels, who now works at Arkansas under former Tigers coach Mike Anderson.

Daniels billed the school for two charges of $ 1,489.54 each at the Vince Young Steakhouse in Austin, Texas, in January 2011; there is a $ 2,500 transaction limit. Those charges were for a team meal, both he and Moll…………… continues on Springfield News-Leader

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Want to avoid the next big data breach? Expert says use cash
News from Chicago Sun-Times:

This Barnes & Noble store at 1130 N. State and seven others had their security breached by hackers. Wednesday. October 24, 2012 | Brian Jackson~Sun-Times

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Customers jarred by news that credit and debit card devices at seven Chicago-area Barnes & Noble stores and 63 nationwide have been tampered with have at least one option for defending themselves, an expert said.

“The simple answer is pay cash,” said Jacob Furst, a professor at DePaul University specializing in information security.

Barnes & Noble has warned its customers to check for unauthorized transactions and to change their personal identification numbers, or PINs. It didn’t say how many accounts may have been compromised, but it said only one of the “PIN pad” devices was tampered with in each of the compromised locations.

Those locations include the Chicago stores at 1130 N. State and 1441 W. Webster, and the su…………… continues on Chicago Sun-Times

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