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May 14, 2013

Mapco Alerts Customers After Security Breach

Mapco, one of the largest company-operated convenience chains in America, has released information regarding a security breach by third-party hackers of certain customers credit and/or debit card data:

"Third-party hackers used malware to access the payment card processing systems in our stores between March 19-25, April 14-15, and April 20-21, 2013. These systems transmit card information needed for the approval of transactions.  The hackers may have stolen information that could potentially be used to initiate fraudulent credit and debit card transactions."

Stores affected by the breach include MAPCO Express®, MAPCO Mart®, East Coast®, Discount Food Mart™, Fast Food and Fuel™, Delta Express®, and Favorite Markets® with locations in Tennessee, northern and central Alabama, Arkansas, northern Georgia, Kentucky, northern Mississippi, and Virginia.

According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, there were over 47,000 data breach incidents reported in 2012 and 69% of those reported were discovered by someone outside of the targeted company. In a technology-driven economy, businesses accepting credit cards continue to rise and so do the reports of crime against those business' data processing systems. CBIZ Security & Advisory Services, LLC (CBIZ SAS) works with companies on a daily basis to combat attacks and to prevent breaches from occurring in the first place.

Preparation is key in the payment card industry. CBIZ SAS Executive Vice President, Brenda Brigman emphasizes, "You should adopt the mentality of 'not if but when' a data breach will affect you or your customers." If you are having trouble deciding whether you meet data security standards, use this quick PCI Assessment tool to evaluate your payment card industry compliance.

To read the full Mapco press release click here. Visit www.cbiz.com/pci for more information regarding CBIZ Security & Advisory Services, LLC and contact Karen Cassella (kcassella@cbiz.com), Executive Vice President, CBIZ SAS at (901) 685-5575 or email the CBIZ SAS team at pci@cbiz.com.

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