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Evil botnet nicks 20,000 card numbers from shop tills

A botnet has been discovered which targets shop tills, and it has stolen what’s been described as a ‘titanic volume’ of credit card details. 20,000 cards could have been affected since August. It’s not the first time a botnet has infiltrated points of sale – last year the Subway virus, created by two Romanian hackers,…

Unemployed? Got no money? Get yourself a credit card.

Most people own at least one credit card. For some people they are a necessity, others use them for one-off occasions, and some people use them and pay off the balance every month. Smug gits. However, in this new age of ‘responsible lending’ it may surprise you to know that some credit card companies will…

Man refused credit card because he looks like Pavarotti

Colin Miller got his application for a Barclays personalised photo card turned down because he looks too much like Pavarotti. Or Demis Roussos. Or just about any balding tubby man with a beard. Anyway, staff thought he didn't own the copyright to his own face and told him to sling his large hook. "I was…

Buy from Littlewoods today, because you can never pay too much

Thanks to avid Bitterwallet reader mizzle for this bargain from Littlewoods. See how long it takes you to spot the issue with it: Well, it's obviously a case of Littlewoods entering the wrong RRP, isn't it? Except the RRP appears to be correct - order the trainers through Very (also part of the Shop Direct…

Credit cards that display how screwed you are - the future!

For everybody who is truly dreadful at managing cash, this would be ideal. This live checking card would use e-ink technology to display the accumulated spending amount on your credit or debit card after every purchase, and reconcile bank transactions using a RFID chip. It's still a concept design, so will it ever happen? Christ…

Loyalty has a premium - is the new M&S card for you?

Loyalty schemes - they're bloomin' great if you don't mind committing every last penny you earn to a specific business; less so if you're fickle in your spending habits. Not all of us are willing to sink several grand into one particular supermarket for a new toaster, or flights to an unpronounceable former Soviet republic.…

The Halifax 1% cashback card: is it worth it?

Recently, rates on many cashback credit cards have dropped to just 0.5% or less. Some, like the RBS Black Credit Card, even have an APR of 51.8% and charge a £250 annual fee. But one card that still stands out from the crowd, as recommended by FT.com, is the new Halifax cashback credit card. The…