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Briar Group owns 8 Boston restaurants

BOSTON —The operator of a number of well-known Boston restaurants confirmed Friday night that its customers may have been the target of credit card data theft.

The Briar Group, which owns eight restaurants, said, in a posting on its website, that the theft of credit card data “at our restaurants may have occurred from sometime in October 2013 to early November 2013.”

The company owns the restaurants Anthem, City Bar, City Table, MJ O’Connor‘s, Ned Devine’s, Solas, The Green Briar and The Harp.

It had been previously reported that a number of residents and visitors to the Boston area were victimized in mid-November, but the Briar Group is among the first to detail the extent of the breach.

“Today we are reporting that the Briar Group’s systems were indeed infiltrated,” the statement said.

About 100 of the 13,000 people who attended the American Public Health Association convention in November have reported being victims. About 200 of the 8,000 people who attended the American Society of Human Genetics conference in October have reported unauthorized credit card purchases.

Victims’ credit cards were used at bars, restaurants and other businesses in the Seaport area.

The Briar Group said not every customer at its restaurants may have been victimized, but urged its customers to monitor their credit card statements for fraud.

The company said it has been working closely with law enforcement agencies in an effort to identify the criminals behind the data breach.


Hundreds of dollars worth of purchases made

Hudson Police

HUDSON, Mass. —Police are searching for two women who robbed an 81-year-old handicapped woman outside Petco Thursday night and used her credit card to purchase hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise at Walmart, the MetroWest Daily News reported.

As the elderly woman placed the items she bought at the Washington Street pet shop in the back of her car around 6:45 p.m., another woman approached and made small talk, asking her how her holidays have been.

The suspect then lunged at the elderly victim, shoved her to the ground, stole her pocketbook and ran toward Giasson Street, said Police Chief David Stephens.

“I hate this type of crime,” said Stephens. “The victim is defenseless. It irritates me to no end.”

A bystander saw the robbery and chased the thief down Washington Street, Stephen said. The fleeing suspect jumped into a car driven by a second woman and headed toward Walmart, said Stephens.

The witness gave police a description of the clothes the attacker wore, said Stephens.

The elderly victim suffered a hip injury and some bruises and was taken to Marlborough Hospital for treatment, said Stephens.

After attacking and robbing the victim, the two suspects went to the Washington Street Walmart, where they purchased several items, including a TV. Stephens was unsure exactly how much money the two women spent, but estimated it was in the hundreds.

“They went to Walmart right after,” said Stephens. “They spent quite a bit of money.”

Using the description of what the suspect was wearing when she attacked the victim, police were able to capture photos of the two women from Walmart’s surveillance cameras, said Stephens.

“We have two suspects presently in mind,” said Stephens.

The suspects are likely to face charges of unarmed robbery and assault and battery on a person 65 and older at a minimum, said Stephens.

“We’re presently trying to apprehend them and get them off the street,” said Stephens.


Secret Service probes credit-card data theft at stores nationwide

NEW YORK —Target stores were hit by an extensive theft of its customers’ credit-card and debit-card data over the Black Friday shopping weekend, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

The thefts took place in Target stores around the country, and may have involved tampering with the machines customers use to swipe cards when making purchases, the newspaper reported.

The credit card security breach affected roughly 40,000 card devices at store registers, which could mean that millions of cardholders are at risk.

The thieves gained access to data that is stored on the magnetic stripe on the back of the credit and debit cards, according to the newspaper.

Krebs on Security, a blog that first reported the story, said that breach involved nearly all Target outlets in the United States.

The breach could have extended from just after Thanksgiving to December 15, Krebs said,.

Target has over 30 stores in Massachusetts.

Online customers were not affected by the breach.

Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary confirms the agency is investigating, but declined to provide further details.

Minneapolis-based Target Corp. did not respond to requests for comment. A MasterCard representative referred questions to Target.