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.
Restaurant POS Systems a Major Target For Hackers
by Paula Forbes