Hackers ‘dine’ on the house


Russian scam artists have created a smorgasbord of headaches for restaurants both locally and nationally, hacking into a popular supplier’s computers and stealing up to 300,000 eateries’ credit-card numbers.

“It hasn’t been fun for us, and it hasn’t been fun for our customers,” said Richard Kirschner of New York-based Restaurant Depot, a wholesale chain that has Everett and Needham outlets.

Restaurant Depot believes hackers stole information from as many as 300,000 people who shopped at the chain between Sept. 21 and Nov. 18 — including some 9,100 Massachusetts customers.

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