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(The US Sun)   If you had trouble using a credit card this afternoon, it wasn't just you   (the-sun.com) divider line
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1422 clicks; posted to Business » on 22 May 2022 at 4:25 AM (6 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-05-22 4:54:39 AM  
Yep. Was down at Starbucks and Safeway.
 
2022-05-22 5:11:00 AM  
"Visa and Mastercard outage leaves frustrated customers unable to make payments"

That's why I only use the coveted Discover(TM) card!
 
2022-05-22 9:04:16 AM  
CARD CHAOS
Visa and Mastercard outage leaves frustrated customers unable to make payments


Later in the article: Downdetector also saw a surge of reports from Mastercard users about issues using their cards as well - but the company later confirmed their network has been operating normally.
 
2022-05-22 9:22:00 AM  
mrs. swimo has had a Bank of America credit card over 20 years. while back the BoA contacted her, said the CC was breached and they shut it down, her new one is on the way. two weeks later she calls them, where's me CC? all apologies; it's in the mail. weeks are passing and this happens 2 more times. she still has no CC. farking unbelieveable.
 
2022-05-22 9:47:52 AM  
Back in the 90s I tried to use my ATM card, no joy.  Tried 3-4 machines on the way to work, nada.  Turned out a co-worker had the same issue.

Turned out a blizzard on the east coast had caused a building to collapse.  The building that ran the ATM network.  Why didn't they have a backup?  Turned out that was the backup, the original location was in the World Trade Center, which had been bombed a week or two earlier.

I also remember a spate of stories from the 90s where a backhoe dug up an internet cable.  Why didn't they have a backup cable?  They did, but they ran it in the same pipe as the first cable.
 
2022-05-22 10:21:02 AM  
Hopefully this isn't someone attempting hacktivism. Farking with CC payments doesn't hurt the card companies - it's neither going to make anyone not buy something they were going to, nor is it going to stop them from using a card to do it, so you're not hurting the company or their profits in any measurable way. What you ARE doing is making people late on their bills, getting late fees charged, and quite possibly getting some elderly person's AC shut off on a 120 degree day in Arizona. So yeah, find a better target.
 
2022-05-22 11:06:33 AM  

trerro: Hopefully this isn't someone attempting hacktivism. Farking with CC payments doesn't hurt the card companies - it's neither going to make anyone not buy something they were going to, nor is it going to stop them from using a card to do it, so you're not hurting the company or their profits in any measurable way. What you ARE doing is making people late on their bills, getting late fees charged, and quite possibly getting some elderly person's AC shut off on a 120 degree day in Arizona. So yeah, find a better target.


Oooooh, think a little bigger. If the payment processing network was down, it might be SWIFT related.

You know, SWIFT? The payment network that Russia was kicked off that isolated their economy from the rest of the world?

If so, this is indeed bigger than missing your Amazon cc payments, like Amazon can't buy fuel to fly their jets big, or UPS or truck drivers can't gas up their trucks to deliver food to you big.
 
2022-05-22 11:11:59 AM  

Wine Sipping Elitist: Oooooh, think a little bigger. If the payment processing network was down, it might be SWIFT related.

You know, SWIFT? The payment network that Russia was kicked off that isolated their economy from the rest of the world?

If so, this is indeed bigger than missing your Amazon cc payments, like Amazon can't buy fuel to fly their jets big, or UPS or truck drivers can't gas up their trucks to deliver food to you big.


While Russia attacking SWIFT would not be at all surprising, something tells me that would be news all over the world, and would lead to calls to cut Russia out of the internet entirely.

So yeah, I definitely agree it's possible, but if they start having regular success with it, I think -everyone- is going to hear about it.
 
2022-05-22 11:26:18 AM  
There was a computer at one of the mentioned companies that did frequent flyer miles. It was a big machine about the size of several refrigerators and was designed for two very large power plugs.  Whoever installed it was a bit confused and left a nice loop by the one corner of the machine.  The other plug wasn't installed.  Someone cut the corner a bit too close to the machine and pulled out its power plug. Opps.
 
2022-05-22 12:42:28 PM  

trerro: Wine Sipping Elitist: Oooooh, think a little bigger. If the payment processing network was down, it might be SWIFT related.

You know, SWIFT? The payment network that Russia was kicked off that isolated their economy from the rest of the world?

If so, this is indeed bigger than missing your Amazon cc payments, like Amazon can't buy fuel to fly their jets big, or UPS or truck drivers can't gas up their trucks to deliver food to you big.

While Russia attacking SWIFT would not be at all surprising, something tells me that would be news all over the world, and would lead to calls to cut Russia out of the internet entirely.

So yeah, I definitely agree it's possible, but if they start having regular success with it, I think -everyone- is going to hear about it.


Would SWIFT even be an issue?  This isn't bank transfers, this is a merchant POS system. It gets balanced on the back end later.

Anyway, always good to have a VISA/MC and also an Amex, and have the ability to run at least one of your cards as a debit. Sometimes the whole system goes down, but frequently it's just one type of card, or just the credit network and debit still works.

/friend was at the grocery store yesterday and debit still worked.
 
2022-05-22 3:53:10 PM  
Hit the ATM, got gas, and bought groceries earlier -- no issues. On the other hand, apparently LG borked an Android update and everyone is getting the "Unfortunately, LG IMS has stopped" on their phones every 5 seconds.
 
2022-05-22 5:42:15 PM  
Huh. I knew there was an upside to still keeping cash in my wallet.
 
2022-05-22 10:15:12 PM  

cyberspacedout: Huh. I knew there was an upside to still keeping cash in my wallet.


Hell yeah, cash is king!  Like Public Enemy said, don't believe the hype.
 
2022-05-23 3:24:37 AM  
Always have at least $900 cash on me

Making a bunch of minor purchases went out and about with a credit card just never seemed like a good idea to me.

Gas, Amazon, Wayfair and utility auto pays

and that's about it for credit cards
 
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