"It should provide fuel for anyone calling for data breach legislation to include criminal sanctions ...," says Neal O'Farrell of the Identity Theft Council. "This was nothing short of a clumsy cover-up."
Some 200 people have reported fraudulent debit and credit transactions hitting their accounts after dining at Margarita's Mexican Restaurant in Texas. Investigators believe a third-party vendor may have been hacked.
Some organizations hesitate to involve law enforcement in their breach investigations for fear that exposing the hack would cost them their reputations and money. A Justice Department contingent tells a gathering of lawyers why that impression is wrong.