Credit and debit cards used at Vacationland Vendors arcade games in Wisconsin Dells may be affected by a data breach.
Vacationland Vendors, Inc., a supplier of arcade equipment and vending machines to businesses, announced Monday that up to 40,000 cards used its Wisconsin Dells and Sevierville, Tenn., arcades may have been exposed, according to a business press release.
The company discovered that a hacker gained unauthorized access to its card processing systems at Wilderness Waterpark Resort in the Dells and Wilderness at the Smokies in Sevierville , said Bill Bray, spokesperson for the Wisconsin Dells-based Vacationland Vendors.
Resort operations and systems, including reservations, restaurants and shops, were not included; the breach affected only arcade systems.
The breach occurred March 22, according to the release.
Vacationland Vendors shut down its card processing systems at both arcades upon discovering the breach and is working with the authorities and an outside consultant to ensure its systems are secure and protected from further intrusions.
While 40,000 cards were exposed in the breach, it is believed that fewer than 20 were impacted.
Patrons who used a credit or debit card at one of the affected arcades from Dec. 12, 2008, to May 25, 2011, are advised to take the following steps to prevent unauthorized and unlawful use of their personal information:
• Watch closely for unusual activity on bank statements and credit card bills.
• Promptly inform credit card issuers and financial institutions of the incident, and notify them of any unusual account activity.
• Place a fraud alert on your consumer credit file. This can be done by contacting one of the three national credit reporting agencies – Equifax (800-525-6285), Experian (888-397-3742) or TransUnion (800-680-7289).
• Report suspected incidents of identity theft to local law enforcement or the state attorney general.
Bray said that other businesses similar to Vacationland Vendors were affected by the same computer hacker. Further questions can be addressed to the company atinfo. Information about personal identity theft and fraud may be obtained from the Federal Trade Commission at
http://www.consumer.gov.idtheft or by calling 877-ID-THEFT.