Restaurants at Risk for Identity Theft

August 24, 2009

Photo by Jay Lopez

Photo by Jay Lopez

Hackers recently targeted 7 Eleven stores and Hannaford Brothers customers for identity theft and secured information from 130 million credit card and debit card accounts. Fortunately, Albert Gonzalez of Miami was arrested. Gonzalez apparently cooperated with federal investigators on other cases of identity theft in the past. This is the largest case of identity theft so far.

Restaurants often fail to update their computer viruses and other security systems. If you are an owner of a restaurant, it would be wise to investigate your system to make sure it is updated. Since identity theft continues to be a problem in the U.S., you as a business owner cannot afford to be negligent in this area.

These hackers used a device to tap into wireless processing and read the customer accounts as customers entered the stores.