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Credit card Processing System Hacked on Affinity Gaming

Casino operator Affinity Gaming said the system that processes its customers credit card and debit card transaction was hacked and casino patrons are being warned to take necessary steps to avoid identity theft.

Affinity Gaming, formerly known as Herbst Gaming, is a casino operator based in Paradise, Nevada that operates under the name Terrible's. It shares its logo and headquarters with the family-owned Terrible Herbst Oil Company gas station franchise.

The Las Vegas-based company said People who visited Affinity casinos between March 14 and Oct. 16 should take steps to protect their identities and financial information.

Affinity operates the Silver Sevens in Las Vegas, Rail City in Sparks and Buffalo Bill’s, Primm Valley Resort and Whiskey Pete’s, all in Primm. It has six other casinos in Iowa, Missouri and Colorado.

The situation is under investigation, and law enforcement and gaming officials have been notified. Gaming Control Board Chairman A.G. Burnett said the company notified state gaming regulators as soon as it learned of the issue. The agency was focused on ensuring customers were protected.

“The company promptly notified us of what happened,” Burnett said. “They are working with us closely.”

James Prendergast, an outside legal adviser to Affinity, the intrusion was from a “very sophisticated piece of malware that got into a terrible location.” The company doesn’t store credit card information like a typical retailer, so it is hard to pinpoint an exact number of customers whose credit information might have been compromised.

The public notice concerning the data security incident was to encourage customers who visited the casinos to take steps to protect their identities and financial information. It encouraged its customers to review their financial statements for any unusual activity.

Affinity said a confidential inquiry line was established for customers and is available 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PST Monday through Friday, and can be reached at 877-238-2179 for U.S. and Canadian residents, or +1-814-201-3696 for other international residents.


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