Around 85K affected in FireKeepers Casino data breach

A rendering of FireKeepers Casino near Battle Creek. (Courtesy Facebook)

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — Information from thousands of credit and debit cards may have been stolen during a data security breach at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek.

Officials with FireKeepers Casino confirmed Friday that approximately 85,000 credit and debit cards used between September 7, 2014, and April 25, 2015, for food, beverage and retail purchases may have been affected by the breach.

FireKeepers first learned of a possible data breach on April 16 and launched an investigation. According to a release from the casino, the breach was contained and cards have been processed securely since April 26.

Those who may be affected will be receiving letters with information and resources and are encouraged to call 855.861.4021 with any questions. As an added precaution, FireKeepers is offering free credit monitoring and identity protection services through AllClear ID. To take advantage of these services visit www.firekeepers.allclearid.com.

FireKeepers also encourages people to monitor their credit and debit card accounts, and contact their bank if they notice any suspicious activity.

During the investigation, FireKeepers discovered there may have also been unauthorized access to a file storage server which contained the personal information of certain customers, employees and their dependents. The data included Social Security numbers and/or driver’s license numbers and medical billing information. However, investigators have not found any evidence of misuse of the personal information, according to FireKeepers.

Customers’ information contained in the Red Hot Rewards Club database was not affected. Cards used for hotel reservations, cash advances and ATM transactions were also not affected because they are processed through separate systems.

Since the breach FireKeepers said they have installed new payment card processing equipment and increased firewall protections and two-factor authentication to better secure information on its computer systems.

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