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Reports Link Payment Systems Company to Breach

DATA LOSS—U.S.

August 13, 2010

The company that "suffered the largest ever data breach involving payment card data" last year, is downplaying reports linking it to a data breach at a Texas restaurant chain, Computerworld reports. Newspaper reports out of Austin allege that intruders hacked into the network connecting the restaurant with Heartland Payment Systems. Heartland Payment Systems CIO Steven Elefant said the reports point to a "localized intrusion initiated within the stores, either in their point-of-sale system or as a result of other fraud" adding that the company is "unaware of any broader issue." Elefant said Heartland will work closely with business owners to help identify the source of the breach and help with remediation efforts.
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