MAPCO announced Monday it experienced a cyber a security breach by hackers that may have compromised thousands of costumer's credit and debit card information.
MAPCO customers, like Chris Liddicoat, find the news troubling.
“Hopefully they track them down and are able to catch the best ones before they steal your information,” said Liddicoat.
The Brentwood-based chain which has stores in Tennessee and six other states said customers who made credit and debit purchases at MAPCO stores during three these time periods may be effected: March 19-25, April 14-15 and April 20-21, 2013.
“It's kind of the world we live in now,” said Liddicoat.
In a statement released on the company's website it reads in part: “Our first concern is our customers. We regret any inconvenience this criminal act by hackers may have caused and are enhancing our information security efforts to combat future information security threats.”
“The bad guys are working very very diligently to figure out new ways to get around all these security systems that are in place. So when every time you build that ten foot fence, they're always working on an eleven foot ladder,” said Scott Augenbaum, Supervisor of the Cyber Crimes Unit Memphis.
Augenbaum said with more and more sensitive information being stored online any computer savvy hacker could have a field day breaking into secure system.
He's advice, check your bank statements regularly and use your credit card instead of your ATM card.
“When you use your credit card you are only responsible at most for only 50-dollars that is by law,” said Augenbaum.
The company said it is working with the FBI's Joint Cyber Crime Task Force.