Another day another data breach. Large retailers are targeted constantly by attackers looking to harvest customer payment and identity information. We wish we were joking - but we are as serious as Victoria Beckham's facial expression when she takes the runway. The reality is that data breaches are happening at a record pace. Just recently, the following 10 stores have been hit:
Sears and K-Mart
Sears Holding, the parent company of Sears and K-mart announced a data breach from September 2017 to October 2017 that of may have resulted in up to 100,000 customers having their credit and debit card information stolen.
Best Buy reported that it has been affected by the same data breach as Sears Holding as the businesses use the same online customer service software. Estimates of the amount of affected customers have not yet been publicized.
Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor
Hudson’s Bay, the parent company of Saks Fifth Ave and Lord & Taylor, said that credit and debit card information from its brick and mortar customers have been jeopardized. Estimates of the amount of affected customers have not yet been released, but could number in the millions.
Panera Bread acknowledged a data breach on its website revealing, among other personal information, partial credit card numbers that have been vulnerable since August 2017 to April 2018. It’s estimated that the data breach effected up to 37 million customers.
Forever 21 was hit with a data breach from March 2017 to October 2017. Customers who shopped in stores from March 2017 through October 2017 are at risk for their payment card information being exposed to hackers.
It was reported in September 2017 that Sonic was hit with a data breach. Credit and debit card information from 5 million customers may have been stolen.
Whole Foods fell victim to a data breach from March 2017 to September 2017 that exposed customers’ payment card information used in taprooms and full table-service restaurants in some of its stores. The total number of customers affected has not been publicized.
Arby’s confirmed a data breach from October 2016 and January 2017 that may have affected 355,000 credit and debit cards used at its stores.
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