In Brief: Oct. 2, 2000

BUYER, BEWARE You like to shop online, but is your billing information vulnerable to hackers? Credit-card issuers, who often absorb the expense of fraudulent purchases, are working on a remedy. American Express and Visa are joining other Web businesses in offering antifraud strategies for online shopping, including everything from assigning shoppers aliases to offering temporary credit-card numbers for one-time use only.

LOST CHECK? If you are missing a pension payment, it may be owing to mismanagement at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. Last week Senators Charles Grassley and Kit Bond held hearings to determine why the agency, which has been charged...

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