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Issue Date: Vol. 51, No. 9, September 2011, Posted On: 9/15/2011

Credit Card Data Breached On Vending And Amusement Machines At TN, WI Resorts

Emily Jed
vending, vending machine, Vacationland Vendors Inc., amusement machine, coin-op game, juke box, vending machine credit card hackers, vending machine security breach, credit card data theft

WISCONSIN DELLS, WI -- Vacationland Vendors Inc., a full-line vending and amusement company based here, said hackers broke into its card-processing systems in machines at resorts in Tennessee and Wisconsin.

The company reported that the numbers for as many as 40,000 credit and debit cards used in vending and amusement machines it operates at arcades in the Wilderness Waterpark Resorts in Wisconsin Dells and Sevierville, TN, may have been compromised.

In a public statement, Vacationland Vendors said an "unauthorized person wrongfully accessed certain parts of the point of sales systems that Vacationland Vendors uses to process credit and debit transactions at the Wilderness Resorts." Officials emphasized that the breach did not involve an internal security issue within the resorts.

Vacationland Vendors said it shut down its card payment systems at both arcades when it discovered the breach. The company is issuing warnings to patrons who used a credit or debit card at either arcade between Dec. 12, 2008, and May 25, 2011, to be on the lookout for unauthorized activity on their bank statements and credit card bills.

The company said it is working with an outside consultant to ensure that its point of sale systems are secure and protected from further intrusions.

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