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2 Million Credit Cards Stolen From Popular Sandwich Shop

By February 2, 2018June 9th, 2022Cybersecurity

By now, we’ve seen enough large-scale Point of Sale (POS) credit card thefts that patterns are beginning to emerge.  Some companies follow the general arc of the narrative better than others, and deserve credit for doing so, but in the end, the story is about the same.

That’s certainly the case with Jason’s Deli.  Recently, they discovered RAM-scraping malware on a number of their POS terminals. This has happened at a total of 164 of their locations, scattered across 14 states.

During the seven-month period before the malware was discovered, the company estimates that the credit card payment information of some two million customers was stolen.  The data included credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates, the cardholder’s service and verification codes, and the cardholder’s name.

As is the case with most of these incidents, the company immediately contacted law enforcement and hired a third-party firm to assist with the forensic investigation, which is still ongoing.

Jason’s Deli’s handling of the aftermath of the incident has been well above average. However, the bottom line is that  unless companies start paying increasing attention to data security, issues like these are going to continue to occur.

As a general rule, hackers prefer to go after the low-hanging fruit.  There’s simply more money in attacking soft targets than hard ones.  Your company doesn’t need bullet proof security in order to be safe from most hackers, it’s just got to be better than average. Although obviously, the better and more robust your digital security is, the safer you will be.

Unfortunately, this painfully obvious lesson seems to be falling on too many deaf ears.  Until and unless that changes, we’ll continue reading about incidents like these. It’s costing business billions every year.  Make sure your company isn’t next on the hackers’ hit list.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.