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Credit card theft ring discovered in New York

November 22, 2011

A major credit card security breach was recently uncovered by authorities in New York, after the alleged criminals used skimming machines to steal information from restaurant-goers.

A major credit card security breach was recently uncovered by authorities in New York, after the alleged criminals used skimming machines to steal information from restaurant-goers.

The Associated Press reports that police broke up a fraud ring that targeted customers at high-end restaurants, indicting a total of 28 people on charges of conspiracy, grand larceny and racketeering. The sophisticated system involved seven waiters at restaurants including Wolfgang’s Steakhouse and Smith and Wollensky using so-called skimming devices.

The Manhattan district attorney prosecuting the case, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said that the reputation of the restaurants made the diners good targets.

“The fame of some of the restaurants and the dazzle, perhaps, of the American Express black cards, makes this an interesting story, perhaps, but it’s not an unusual story,” Vance said. “Hopefully, a case like this lets the restaurant industry know that this is an important issue that they should address.”

Maintaining the safety of credit cards is among the most important aspects of the merchant services industry. One way to ensure that data is protected is to comply with the Payment Card Security Standards Council’s Data Security Standards.

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