[funsec] Bugged credit card readers in Rhode Island

Richard M. Smith rms at computerbytesman.com
Mon Feb 19 22:09:14 CST 2007


http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2007/02/19/stop__shop_reports_
credit_data_was_stolen/

Stop & Shop reports credit data was stolen


Card readers reveal tampering

Quincy-based Stop & Shop has bolted down card readers at all 385 of its
supermarkets in New England, New York, and New Jersey to prevent them from
being removed and tampered with. (FILE 2006) 

By Peter J. Howe, Globe Staff  |  February 19, 2007

SEEKONK -- With help from US Secret Service agents, Stop & Shop Supermarket
Cos. executives scrambled yesterday to determine how many consumers may have
had their credit and debit card data stolen by high-tech thieves who
apparently broke into checkout-line card readers and planted the equivalent
of bugs to steal information.

Stop & Shop said customer information, including personal identification
codes for cards, was confirmed stolen from supermarkets in Coventry and
Cranston, R.I. The company said it had found evidence that card readers were
tampered with in a similar way at four other stores in Seekonk and in
Bristol, Providence, and Warwick, R.I. But the supermarket company said it
had no reports of illegal transactions on cards that had been used at those
stores.

After being notified by a bank last week that its Coventry and Cranston
stores appeared to be the common link to a number of stolen card numbers,
Quincy-based Stop & Shop has bolted down card readers at all 385 of its
supermarkets in New England, New York, and New Jersey, company spokesman
Robert Keane said yesterday.

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