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Hackers Attacked Mary’s Pizza’s Plaza Outlet

Mary's Pizza Shack's, a restaurant in Sonoma County, USA, Plaza location has been hit by Web hackers with a "logger" virus that stole the credit card numbers of the diners at the transaction depot.

On February 10, 2010, the virus was detected by a corporate official as the friends reported the family-run firm about unlawful credit card charges. The virus proved to be such a debutant that it was not even registered in the virus database of the forensic firm (Trustwave) hired by the restaurant.

According the reports, CEO Vince Albano, Mary Fazio's grandson (founder of Mary's), stated that except for the credit card numbers, no private details such as bank account records or social security numbers were stolen, as per the news published by sonomanews on March 18, 2010.

The CEO also said that the firm informed the four targeted credit card companies immediately. These credit cars companies were- American Express, MasterCard, VISA and Discover.

Once that is disclosed, the CEO Albano aims to give ads in the newspapers to caution all the diners who ate at the outlet of Spain Street at that time, telling them that they might want to cancel their credit cards and get the new cards, as per the news release published by pressdamocrat.com on March 17, 2010.

Moreover, he added that his firm can not inform all the sufferers directly as the credit card firms would not disclose their names to them.

Also, regarding the suspected location of this cyber punk, Albano was of the belief that Trustwave find it to be Russia, but he has heard that it may be from Luxembourg.

Fortunately, the virus was removed on February 23, 2010, and so, any transaction made after that date is absolutely safe. Further, it is also worth noting that Mary's restaurant on the Plaza was the only hacked transaction location. The remaining 18 locations of the firm were not hit by the hacker.

The local security experts claimed that Mary's Plaza is not the only business hit by the hackers. Reportedly, customers of other businesses in the Sonoma Valley have also been attacked.

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