UPDATE: Security Concerns Follow Data Breach at Local Business

By: Danielle Staub Email
By: Danielle Staub Email
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UPDATE 3/18/2014 4:45 PM

After the credit card breach at Hickory Grove in Vincent, how do you know if your information is safe?

Having a credit card is a risk that millions of people take everyday.

But it's situations like the breach at Hickory Grove that make people step back and think about security.

There are a lot of benefits to a credit card but remember every time you swipe it, that store has your information in their system.

To reduce that risk accountants say lower your credit line.

If someone gets the information they can't rack up as many charges.

Hickory Grove Assistant Manager Morgan Staley says they are currently installing a new system for debit and credit cards.

It's a hand held scanner system which he says is more secure.

Staley says they did see a big decline in business while only accepting cash or checks.

A new system was installed Tuesday.

People should be able to use the credit card machines by Wednesday.

It seems to happen all the time.

Your personal banking information hacked by thieves.

Now we learn this Valley is not immune.

It's impacting around 300 credit card customers and counting.

They don't know how it happened or at what access point the system was breached.

Hickory Grove in Vincent on 339 shut down their credit card system.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office held a press conference Monday afternoon.

Sgt. Scott Parks advises anyone that used a credit card at Hickory Grove within the past month to check their statement as soon as possible and also close their credit card.

The secret service has been notified, as card holders and banks were noticing the cards being used all over the county.

$400 is the largest single transation reported so far.

Sgt. Parks says the hackers got the card number and the information off the card in order to make new cards and sell that information to others.

Sgt. Parks believes Hickory Grove was not the only business breached across the U.S.

They outsource their credit card system to a company in the Tennesse area, which is also the reason the Secret Service was called.

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