NE: Hackers Steal Local Credit Card Info

From KETV in Nebraska:

Sarpy County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating an identity theft case involving hackers who went after personal information using customers credit and debit cards.

Investigators said Thursday they are dealing with more than 50 victims from across the Omaha metro area, all unknowingly targeted in the last few days or weeks. Investigators blame a breach of security through a credit card processor.


Sarpy County sheriff’s deputies said they and bank officials tracked suspicious purchases, using Omaha credit and debit cards, to several different states including California, Texas, Indiana, New York and Michigan. The card numbers were stolen through several Omaha businesses, one of which was LaMar’s Donuts near 168th & Harrison streets.

A LaMar’s corporate spokesperson said they’ve changed the way they process credit cards and debit cards. Instead of using an internet-based system, they’ve reverted back to a telephone-based system, which they said is more secure.”


Deputies said they believe the hackers responsible live in Eastern Europe.

Read more on KETV. It’s not clear to me why the investigators are blaming a card processor when it sounds like the breach may have been on the merchants’ end in terms of the security of their POS.


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