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Restaurants a Weak Link for Identity Theft

Prosecutors say Albert Gonzalez, a former hacker informant that went under the handle “soupnazi,” is the most prolific identify thief in Internet history, responsible for compromising more than 130 million credit card accounts. He’s facing life in prison after being charged with hacking the networks of TJX, Hannaford Brothers supermarkets, Heartland Payment Systems (credit card processors) and 7-11.

But what’s most curious about the report of Gonzalez’s charges is a footnote about the vulnerability of restaurants. The Associated Press ended its report with this statement: “Restaurants are among the most common targets for hackers, experts said, because they often fail to update their antivirus software and other computer security systems.”

So just how safe is your credit card when you use it at your local eatery?

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Prosecutors say Albert Gonzalez, a former hacker informant that went under the handle “soupnazi,” is the most prolific identify thief in Internet history, responsible for compromising more than 130 million credit card accounts. He’s facing life in prison after being charged...
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