Heartland Linked to New Data Breach

Kara Reeder

Computerworld reports that Heartland Payment Systems is downplaying reports out of Austin, Texas, that links the payment processor to a data breach at a local restaurant chain. Heartland CIO Steven Elefant says the reports out of Austin point to a

localized intrusion initiated within the stores, either in their point-of-sale system or as a result of other fraud.

According to the Austin Statesman, a police spokesman says criminals hacked into an accounting network between Tinos Greek Cafe and Heartland Payment Systems. Police Cpl. Scott Perry explains:

Somebody hacked into a computer system, and it's happening somewhere between Tinos' point of sale and their credit card clearinghouse company.

Last year, Heartland suffered the largest data breach ever. Albert Gonzalez, the mastermind behind the attack, will serve at least 20 years in prison.

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