A point-of-sale breach disclosed this week at an Austin, Texas, restaurant only affects that restaurant, says Heartland Payment Systems Inc., the restaurant’s payment processor.

Hackers got into the Tinos Greek Café POS system and retrieved an unspecified amount of cardholder data, according to a local media report.

Austin police told The Statesman newspaper it was unsure if the breach was limited to the café or part of a larger incident. Police say fraudulent charges began appear on customer statements in recent months. It is not clear how many cardholders are affected or how much money was taken, the newspaper reported.

Heartland insists the breach is confined to the single merchant.

“Recent reports of data theft at one Austin-area merchant clearly point to a localized intrusion initiated within the stores, either in their point-of-sale system or as a result of other fraud,” Heartland said in an Aug. 13 statement. “The Heartland system at large and its merchants would not be compromised in any way by this type of attack, and the company is unaware of any broader issue.”

Heartland says it is working with the restaurant to identify the source of the intrusion and to prevent the likelihood of a reoccurrence.

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