Restaurant Mizado Cocina says customer credit card data breached by hacker

Katherine Sayer reports:

New Orleans restaurant  Mizado Cocina says customers’ credit and debit card information could have been stolen by a hacker who breached the restaurant’s point of sale system between May 9 and July 18.

The business discovered that a hacker installed a previously unidentified malware called Backoff, which targets point of sale systems, on May 9. Customers’ names, card numbers, expiration dates and CVV security code numbers were compromised, the restaurant said.

Mizado, located at 5080 Pontchartrain Blvd., got reports from guests concerned about fraudulent charges to their credit cards soon after dining at the restaurant, according to a news release. The restaurant’s IT company found suspicious malware and replaced affected computer hardware.

About 8,000 customers charged cards during the breach, a restaurant spokeswoman said.

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