Star Advertiser credit card breach could impact hundreds, if not thousands, of customers

Hawaii Reporter reports:

Tori Samiere, who was arraigned in First Circuit Court on Monday, June 9, on four counts of theft, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Samiere, 54, is accused of conspiring with Sadie Jane Groy, 30, to steal the credit card numbers of several clients of Hawaii’s largest daily paper, the Honolulu Star Advertiser. Groy is charged with 20 counts related to identity theft and credit card fraud in this case. Groy also has an extensive criminal history and has 5 expedition warrants out for her arrest in California.

The pair allegedly obtained the credit card numbers of Star Advertiser customers from a storage locker in early April where the daily paper stored its hard copies of client records. Police believe the pair did not act alone and are part of a larger ring of credit card thieves operating in Hawaii.

Read more on Hawaii Reporter.

It’s not clear to me whether the Star Advertiser has reported the breach on its own site, as a preliminary search did not return any results. Nor did a search for the names of the two arraigned return any results.

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