That news was first aired at least a month ago, (with more information added since). I was aware of it early in November when ICBC (BC government auto insurance) rented a vehicle from the local Budget outlet for me for three days, while mine was being repaired. The ICBC rep. told me on the phone that I'd have to give Budget my credit card for a $50 deposit. No way was I giving them access to my credit card. I showed up with $50 cash to pick up the vehicle. They grumbled and said they might not be able to give me cash back when I returned the vehicle, but they accepted the cash and miraculously had cash to give me back when it was returned.
It does seem only to be someone at Budget in the Vancouver area that is involved. It's a shame that the Budget offices in other places may be losing business because of one dishonest person/group.