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Credit card numbers stolen from people buying food at USC

June 28, 2012 |  9:50 pm

USC says credit card information was stolen
Credit card numbers used by people to buy food at some USC dining facilities were stolen after a software program was breached, the university said Thursday.

The credit card numbers were taken from the third-party software used to process transactions at venues including the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, Seeds, The Lab on Figueroa Street and Starbucks on the Health Sciences Campus.

The university said the breech occurred between May 21 and June 21 but added that officials have not ruled out earlier instances. USC said school police learned about the problem when several people reported credit card fraud after buying food on campus.

"Upon learning of the breech, the university promptly disabled the compromised system," USC said in a statement.

No personally identifiable information was taken, according to school officials.

Officials are recommending that people who recently used credit cards at dining facilities monitor their statements. 

People with questions should call (213) 821-1863.

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Photo: Students hang out near the USC library earlier this year. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

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