We found details of the malware attack in a recent post on the personal finance website PFHub.com, “Malware Installed on Jimmy John’s POS System: Data Breach,” which states that Jimmy John’s fell victim to a near-nationwide data breach where a large number of customers’ credit and debit card information was stolen by hackers.
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Here are the highlights of the PFHub.com post:
• The Champaign, Illinois-based sandwich restaurant chain says the security infiltration took place from June 16, 2014 to September 5, 2014 in more than 200 Jimmy John’s restaurants in 37 states.
• Jimmy John’s found that a cyber criminal obtained log-in credentials from the vendor of the company and accessed its point-of-sale systems in franchised and corporate locations remotely, and then installed malware on the machines.
• Stolen information, taken from cards swiped at the locations, included customer names, credit card numbers, expiration dates, verification pins and other personal data.
• “The security compromise has been contained, and customers can use their credit and debit cards securely at Jimmy John’s stores,” the company said in a statement, adding that it’s offering identity protection services for 12 months to patrons who were personally affected. “Jimmy John’s has taken steps to prevent this type of event from occurring in the future, including installing encrypted swipe machines, implementing system enhancements, and reviewing its policies and procedures for its third party vendors.”
Read the full PFHub.com post here.
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