Hackers steal 200,000 card numbers from wholesaler

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Hackers breached the systems of New York-based food services wholesaler Restaurant Depot, and stole hundreds of thousands of credit and debit card numbers.

How many victims? More than 200,000, according to reports. 

What type of personal information? Names, credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates and verification codes.

What happened? The thieves inserted malware into the company's credit and debit card processing systems, according to a Finextra report. The malware collected card information as it was processed and then sent it to a remote server in Russia.

Details: The breach affected those who shopped at Restaurant Depot wholesale outlets from Sept. 21 to Nov. 18. Some customers have been the victims of credit card fraud as a result of the breach.

What was the response?  The company hired a computer forensic firm to investigate the incident and has taken unspecified steps to better protect card data. Restaurant Depot is offering affected individuals free credit monitoring and said it would reimburse victims for any breach-related costs they “reasonably incur.”

Source: Restaurant Depot letter to customers, Nov. 25, 2011.
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