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4,200 parking garages hacked. Payment card info at risk

4,200 parking garages hacked. Payment card info at risk
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This year will now officially go down in history as the year point-of-sale systems were simply slaughtered by hackers. Home Depot, Jimmy Johns, Michaels, P.F. Chang's ... the list goes on.

Now, add parking garages to that list. Yes, you may have parked in a garage to avoid a costly ticket, but what comes next might be a bigger headache - especially if you paid for parking with your credit or debit card. Your money could be in the hands of a hacker.

North American parking company, SP+ claims it was hacked on Nov. 3rd and some credit card information was stolen from 17 different garages spread throughout the country. The company is responsible for 4,200 parking facilities in the U.S.

According to SP+, the hackers were able to access information from payment cards including the cardholder’s name, card number, expiration date, and verification code by installing malware to their networked computers.

From SP+'s press release:

The unauthorized person used the remote access tool to install malware that searched for payment card data that was being routed through the computers that accept payments made at the parking facilities.

Once the problem was discovered, SP+ immediately took action and is in the process of notifying customers as well as banks and their payment processors.  So far, only customers in Philadelphia, Seattle, Cleveland, Chicago and Evanston, Illinois.

Next page: Find out if you parked in an affected garage
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