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Several ID Thefts At Jason Deli’s Linked To Computer Virus

USA Secret Service, after investigating the thefts, stated that nearly 300 systems were hit by a computer bug that hacked their credit card numbers as soon as they paid for their meals at a Jason's Deli (Memphis, U.S), as reported by The Commercial Appeal on August 31, 2010.

The incident came into highlight few days back when people started reporting Memphis Police regarding fake transactions appearing on bank statements subsequent to customers visit at Jason's deli.

One user reported to have a transaction worth $793 on her credit card from New York, whereas some others stated that their credit cards were accessed in different nations and states.

Secret Service spokesperson said that the latest antivirus software used by Jason's deli could not find the virus. Even Secret Service agent computers could not instantly find the virus.

The U.S. Secret Service claims that they have determined the theft of credit\debt details Memphis Jason's Deli location was not an inside job. The Secret Service has cleared Jason's Deli employees for the latest credit and debit card thefts and clearly mentioned that the restaurant could not do anything to stop the hacking, adding that it could have happened to any kind of business.

Rick Harlow, Spokesperson, Secret Service informed that the restaurant's systems were hit with a system that they had not seen earlier. They are now working to stop the virus from attacking other businesses. He further stated that it appeared that the virus originated in Russia, as reported by My Fox Memphis on August 31, 2010.

The security experts claimed that Jason's Deli is one of the three businesses nationally that has been attacked by virus. Earlier, one business in San Francisco and one in Seattle were also attacked.

Furthermore, they stated that it is safer to use credit cards compared to debit cards as that way the money won't directly come out of the user's account.

Kent Holt, Deli Managing Partner, stated that instead of using a computer and the Web they had started using a dedicated phone line to verify and charge credit cards, which was slower but surely much secure, as reported by The Commercial Appeal on August 31, 2010.

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