Data breach could affect restaurant customers nationwide

PRINCETON N.J. Payment card data from customers at about 60,000 restaurants nationwide may have been stolen over the past several months, according to Heartland Payment Systems, a processor with several restaurant industry ties.

The processor said criminals – possibly a “global cyber fraud ring” – implanted data-stealing software within its network in 2008 that was detected last week after suspicious activity was spotted concerning some transactions. The

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