A credit card security breach was discovered at some USC food outlets, including dining halls and a Starbucks, officials announced.
A letter was posted on the university’s website Thursday detailing the recently identified security breach affecting credit card purchases made at food outlets on the USC University Park and Health Sciences campuses.
“Credit card numbers were obtained illegally through a breach in a third-party software system used to process credit card transactions in some USC dining halls,” Dan Stimmler, associate senior vice president at USC Auxiliary Services said in the letter.
Stimmler said Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Seeds, the Lab on Figueroa Street and Starbucks on the Health Sciences campus were all included in the breach between May 21 and June 21, and possibly earlier than that.
“Only credit card numbers were exposed,” Stimmler wrote. “No personally identifiable information was compromised.”
Stimmler said the university notified the vendor of the security breach and requested they take corrective actions to secure the system, which was immediately disabled upon discovery of the breach.
USC’s Department of Public Safety and the Los Angeles Police Department are investigating the incident.
Those who have recently used credit cards at USC dining facilities were encouraged to carefully check all credit card statements and report unauthorized charges.