The Puerta Grande Mexican restaurant in Winchester, Ky., was recently hit by a data breach that resulted in the theft of between 50 and 100 diners' credit card information.
According to Winchester police detective Dennis Briscoe, the stolen data was then used to make purchases in North Carolina, Florida, Pennsylvania, and the Dominican Republic.
"Police said they don't think the restaurant's employees had anything to do with the scam," writes The Lexington Herald-Leader's Josh Kegley. "The data apparently was stolen by Internet hackers. 'It was way too much for an individual person to be at fault here,' Briscoe said. ... One woman had her entire checking account depleted. 'All her money was somehow spent or sent to the Dominican Republic,' he said."
"Detectives are still trying to identify the location of the intrusion, Briscoe said," writes The Winchester Sun's Fred Petke. "The Secret Service has been contacted for its assistance in the investigation, he said. The department began receiving reports from banks about fraudulent charges a week ago, Briscoe said, and it’s built since then. ... So far, all the fraudulent charges were made in June and the first few days of July, he said."
"Officials add that they expect more victims to come forward now that word is out about the incident. ... Anyone who has eaten at the restaurant is being urged to keep a close eye on their banking and credit card statements," WTVQ reports.