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One major U.S. zoo may have had a payment card breach

One major U.S. zoo may have had a payment card breach
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Zoos can be the perfect place to take your loved ones during the hot summer months instead of being cooped up in the house all day. Buying souvenirs before you leave is all part of the experience, but if you used your credit card at the Detroit Zoo, you might be in some hot water.

The point-of-sale (POS) system is being investigated for a possible breach of credit card information. Customers' names, their cards' expiration dates, security codes and card numbers are all now believed to be in the hands of hackers.

Internal security protocols at the Detroit Zoological Society turned up evidence of malware in its gift shop POS software and deeper digging found that card holders who shopped from March 23 to June 25, 2015, might be affected.

"We are obviously concerned that the vendor's system was compromised," said Gerry VanAcker, DZS chief operating officer, in a release. "Transactions made since June 26 are not affected by the previous breach, and it is safe to use a credit or debit card at SSA's retail locations."

If you think that this breach could affect you, you can use these resources to check the status of your account:

  • TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
  • Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
  • Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN

There are eight other zoos that use the same POS company, Service Systems Associates, for their gift shop sales system and they are all believed to be at risk. The names of the other zoos are yet to be released, but I'll let you know as soon as I hear anything.

Stay tuned to my Happening Now page for updates and more information about this widespread credit card breach. And let me know what you think about this by commenting below.

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