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A fired cashier at a BP gas station in Jonesboro, Ark., allegedly obtained more than 50 customer credit and debit card numbers and used at least one to buy goods, KAIT news in Arkansas reported.

Police said they discovered the cards on Zach Houston, 23, after he walked into the gas station intoxicated Saturday night.

In addition to facing charges for public intoxication, Houston is accused of stealing at least 53 credit card and debit card numbers and using the cards to his gain.

“Officers arrested him and found credit cards in his pocket and the list of card numbers in his pocket,” Jonesboro Detective Chad Hogard told KAIT news.

In addition to taking the credit cards, Houston was able to print a list of card numbers that had been swiped at a credit card machine. It’s not known exactly how many card numbers he got or how long a period he’d been obtaining them.

The news station said Houston somehow obtained three different passwords required to get the credit card information – information that BP management said he shouldn’t have had access to.

In a recent CSD Webcast on PCI Compliance, Kevin Struthers, of Fiscal Systems, said that 70% of all data breaches occur from within inside a company.

BP management said they temporarily shut down the credit card machine to prevent this from happening again, while they search for other ways to prevent such breaches.

Houston told the news station that it was all a “misunderstanding.”


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