Potential fraud confirmed at Lowcountry Zaxby's locations

Published: Jan. 15, 2013 at 1:13 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 15, 2013 at 7:58 PM EST
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ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia-based restaurant firm says suspicious computer files have been found at some of its locations, prompting it to warn customers about the potential for fraud.

It is bad news for Lowcountry customers of Zaxby's, as locations in North Charleston, Goose Creek, West Ashley, James Island, Moncks Corner, Summerville, and Orangeburg were placed on the list of "affected stores."

It appears the only Lowcountry location to avoid the potential hack is the West Ashley location on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard.

Zaxby's Franchising Inc. said in a statement that the suspicious files may have resulted in unauthorized access to credit and debit card information at more than 100 of these stores.

The Athens-based firm says the affected stores are in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi and Virginia.

Company officials say the issue involves malware files, which could have been used to export guest names and credit and debit card numbers. The company says it notified law enforcement of the potential criminal activity. Zaxby's says a forensic investigation hasn't determined whether credit or debit card data left the processing systems of any stores.

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