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Breach at PoS Firm Hits Hundreds of U.S. Restaurants, Hotels

Point-of-sale (PoS) solutions provider North Country Business Products, whose products are used at over 6,500 locations across the United States, recently disclosed a data breach that resulted in the exposure of payment card data.

The company said it learned on January 4 of suspicious activity in certain client networks. An investigation assisted by a third-party cyber forensics firm revealed that malicious actors had deployed a piece of malware to some of its customers between January 3 and January 24, 2019.

The malware was designed to harvest data belonging to individuals who used their payment cards at one of the impacted North Country customers. Exposed data includes cardholder names, card numbers, expiration dates, and CVV codes.

North Country has set up a dedicated website where it has provided a list of the restaurants and hotels impacted by the incident. The list includes 137 locations, mostly in Arizona and Minnesota, but also in Louisiana, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Oregon, and Ohio.

“North Country takes this incident and the security of our customers’ information very seriously. The company has updated processes to further strengthen its systems to protect its business partners’ customer debit or credit card information and will continue to work with third-party experts to help ensure the highest levels of security,” the company said.

A dedicated assistance line has been set up for impacted consumers, who have also been provided information on how to protect themselves against fraud and identity theft.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.