PHOENIX (KSAZ) - It's a popular Valley restaurant chain known for is pizza, but now "The Streets of New York" owners are dealing with a problem that is affecting its customers.
The business fell victim to hackers who were able to steal credit card information from patrons.
It doesn't look like it was a large security breach, but rather a few hundred customers. The hackers involved tried to extort $10,000 from the owners; that is when the FBI got involved.
"We got a notification through a private message on Facebook saying someone had hacked into our website or part of our website," said Rick Peterson.
The hackers wanted $10,000 in BitCoin to keep the customer information private. Peterson says at first they didn't think it was legitimate and then had their IT guy look into it.
"He researched it and said no, this is real, and then we had to try and find out what it was that they did," said Peterson.
It turns out the hackers were able to get info on credit cards customers used to order gift cards from the company years ago.
"It was gathering information back since 2008 of some credit card numbers and things like that, we didn't even know it existed," said Peterson.
Most of the cards have since expired, but the company sent out notices to the customers just in case.
"We mailed out probably 200 letters, only because wanted to be safe than sorry," he said.
The company has since changed their website as a precaution, and the FBI is now investigating.
"They said there's an awful lot of this going on now, this is not uncommon. They said there are thousands of people that are facing the same dilemma that we're facing," said Peterson.
It sounds like the hackers wanted BitCoin because it is harder to trace. The FBI says this involves a number of victims, and they are working to track down what country the hackers might be from.