Hacker swipes credit card numbers at Mary’s Pizza

Mike McCoy reports:

Patrons of Mary’s Pizza in downtown Sonoma will be alerted this week that their credit card numbers may have been stolen by an international computer hacker.

Vince Albano, chief executive officer for the 18-store chain, expects to receive a report by Friday detailing the breadth and timing of the breach.

Once that is known, Albano plans to take out newspaper ads to warn diners who ate at the Spain Street outlet during that period that they might want to cancel their credit cards and get new ones.

Albano said his company doesn’t have the ability to notify potential victims directly because the credit card companies won’t release their names.

The breach was first discovered by the restaurant’s in-house technology expert on Feb. 10 after friends and customers called to complain about errant charges on their credit cards, Albano said. He hired a Chicago-based high-tech forensics firm, Trustwave, to pinpoint the problem.


Mary’s may not be the only business hit by the hacker, Albano said. Customers at other businesses in the Sonoma Valley also reportedly have been hit, he said.

“We are addressing the issue but the issue is larger than Mary’s Pizza Shack,” he said.

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