Multiple restaurants in Cincinnati are fighting cyber hackers who have stolen thousands of dollars, damaged reputations and shut down social media sites.
“When it happened, it was instant panic,” said Arnold’s owner Chris Breeden. “Facebook is basically the most important advertising tool we have in our tool bag, and it’s pretty devastating when you lose something like that.”
Breeden said the thieves hacked into one of their social media accounts and then got into their Facebook site. Once there, they were able to tap into bank accounts associated with Arnold’s Facebook.
The thieves bought ads, turning money from bank accounts into Facebook advertising currency to be used in other countries.
To ensure Arnold’s couldn’t get back into their social media accounts, the hackers posted severely inappropriate material that got Arnold’s account banned for life.
Crown Restaurant Group reported similar attacks at four of their restaurants.