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Alabama Man Files Legal Suit against MAPCO Express Inc

Ian Yeager, a resident of Northport, Alabama, US has filed a legal suit against Mapco Express Incorporation, a chain of convenience stores with its headquarter at Brentwood, Tennessee, US after a gap of two months when cybercriminals achieved access to the company's credit card payment processing machines. This was reported by cspnet.com in the last week of June, 2013.

On 6th may, 2013, Mapco Express Incorporation publically revealed that it was collaborating with FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), computer forensics firms, payment card unions and its consumers to probe the reason of hacking and to identify the breach in security.

The company posted a "Security Alert Notification" on its official website stating third-party cybercriminals used malware to entrée the payment card processing systems in its stores between 19th-25th March, 14th-15th April and 20th-21st April, 2013. These machines transmit some information related to cards to get approval for transactions. The crooks might have stolen intrinsic details that could be utilized to commit fraudulent transactions.

Two other legal suits have been filed against Mapco Express for the same incident besides the lawsuit of Ian Yeager.

The convenience stores chain initiated a motion on 3rd July,2013 asking for dismissal of two suits claiming that the lawsuits filed by one Brook Davis on 14th June, 2013 and the one by Ian Yeager on 17th June are similar to the first lawsuit which was filed on 14th May, 2013 by one Brian Burton.

The filing states that all three actions ask for similar relief on behalf of similar putative class against the convenience stores giant and class definitions are also word-for-word same.

One of the lawsuits pegs that Mapco breach cost around $5 millions. Two plaintiffs i.e. Davis and Burton assert fake transactions happened due to hijacking. All three lawsuits contend that Mapco along with its parent company, Delek US Holdings, failed to protect the accounts of its customers and did not go public on time.

However, experts say that it is extremely difficult to determine the actual cost of breach in a retail network. Experts also confirm that even card brands cannot find loss incurred due to fraudulent and after-breach expenses when a retail network is attacked.

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