200,000 Restaurant Depot and Jetro Cash & Carry customers are at risk for identity theft after Russian hack attack.  According to its CEO, Stanley Fleishman, the identity thieves are based in Russia and accessed Restaurant Depot’s network through the Internet.  Once inside the network, hackers downloaded magnetic stripe data from customers’ credit and debit cards.  A computer forensics firm has been hired to investigate the security breach.

Who is at risk for identity theft?

According to investigators, customers who made purchases between September 18, 2011 and November 18, 2011, may be at risk.  200,000 cards were downloaded during this time period from the Restaurant Depot network.  The information stolen included: cardholder names; card numbers (credit and debit cards); expiration dates; and verification codes.

When will I get notice of the Restaurant Depot data breach?

Restaurant Depot began to send out breach notification letters to customers’ affected by the data breach on November 25, 2011.  The list of cardholders affected by the data breach includes more than 200,000 customers.

Where is Restaurant Depot located?

Restaurant Depot has over 89 stores across the US and it is based in Queens, New York.

What is Restaurant Depot Doing About the Data Breach for Its Customers?

In its breach notification letter to its customers, Restaurant Depot is offering to reimburse its customers for expenses “reasonably” incurred as a result of the data breach.  Reasonable expenses should include fraudulent charges on customers’ accounts and overdraft fees.  Also, Restaurant Depot is offering customers affected by the data breach one year of free credit monitoring.

Victims should monitor their bank and credit card statements closely.  They should look for unauthorized charges and incorrect balances.  Victims should also request their free credit reports from all three consumer reporting agencies due to fraud or identity theft.  Bottom of Form

Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, consumers have the right to obtain their free credit reports from Equifax, Experian and Trans Union if they believe they are a victim of fraud or identity theft.

Have you requested your free credit report?  Have you found incorrect items on your credit report?  Have you disputed the credit report errors with the credit bureaus?  Contact Fair Credit Reporting Act attorney Micah Adkins for more information about your rights under federal law.