Monday, December 15, 2008
"The theft of credit-card data from a local eatery highlights an international crime that experts say is likely to become more frequent.
"About 150 customers who paid with credit cards at Spicy Pickle, 3774 W. Centre Ave., Portage, between September and November discovered someone had made purchases using their credit-card information. Some of the transactions occurred as far away as Europe and the Middle East, according to officials.
"Police say they've ruled out the possibility of an inside job by the restaurant's employees. They also say owners of the local franchise had appropriate security in place to protect sensitive data that's collected in credit-card transactions.
"Yet sophisticated computer hackers, using the Internet, were able to navigate through the defenses to access Spicy Pickle's computers."
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