Jimmy John’s Shops Hit by Data Breach
- By Matt Holden
- Sep 25, 2014
Jimmy John’s, the national sandwich chain, has alerted customers of a potential security hack involving credit and debit card data. A press release says that more than 200 of its restaurants have been affected. An investigation is looking into customer’s data that could be compromised after an intruder stole log-in credentials from a point-of-sale vendor and used them to remotely access the point-of-sale systems at corporate and franchised locations between June 16, 2014 and September 5, 2014.
The release says that the security compromise has been contained, and customers can now use their credit and debit cards securely at Jimmy John’s stores. Cards that were swiped at stores appear to be the ones impacted, while those entered manually or online were not. The stole information may include the card number and in some cases the cardholder’s name, verification code, and/or the card’s expiration date.
In order to try and prevent this from happening again, Jimmy John’s is installing encrypted swipe machines, implementing system enhancements, and reviewing its policies and procedures for its third party vendors.
Matt Holden is an Associate Content Editor for 1105 Media, Inc. He received his MFA and BA in journalism from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He currently writes and edits for Occupational Health & Safety magazine, and Security Today.