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Restaurant POS Systems a Major Target For Hackers

Dairy Queen accepts credit cards.
Dairy Queen accepts credit cards.
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According to Verizon's annual Data Breach Investigations Report, restaurant credit card machines account for over half of reported hacker attacks. Thanks to "woefully insecure" point-of-sale systems, restaurants are an easy target for hackers looking to score credit card numbers. Also, restaurants often don't report the crimes — it can take month for them to figure out their systems have been compromised, and who's going to eat at a restaurant that comes out saying, "Yeah, our customers' credit card numbers have been stolen for months now"? Anyway, maybe next time you go out to eat, pay cash.

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