Friday, June 28, 2013

MAPCO Gas Stations Experiences Serious Security Breach

MAPCO Express, a retail gas station and convenience store company based out of Brentwood, Tennessee, experienced a major security breach earlier this year. MAPCO has locations in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Virginia and Arkansas.

On May 6, 2013, MAPCO first publicly announced that it was hit by a wide-reaching security breach that left thousands of customers exposed to fraud and identify theft from transactions that date back as far as March of this year.  Computer hackers stole the credit/debit card information of MAPCO customers and have been making unauthorized transactions with this financial information.

Rules that cover transactions on credit cards, check cards, and debit cards require merchants to validate a series of security measures, such as the establishment of firewalls to protect databases.  Among other things, merchants, such as MAPCO, are prohibited from storing unprotected cardholder information. 

Pittman, Dutton & Hellums, P.C., has filed a complaint against MAPCO for those injured by this security breach. A recent story in The Tuscaloosa News was published on its affiliated website which discusses the story:

The  dates of the security breach occurred between March 19-25, April 14-15 and April 20-21 of 2013. If you used a credit or debit card at any MAPCO location  and were injured by the MAPCO breach, please contact Chris Hellums at 1-866-515-8880 or by email at