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- Dec 30, 2010
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- Austin, TX
All of the attention has been focused on the recent Sony hack which has severely damaged the company's reputation and cost them untold millions of dollars. However, Sony is just one in a string of major hack attacks over the past several years, which included other notable companies like Target and Home Depot. We can now add Staples to that list of targets from the black hats of the world.
Staples just confirmed on Friday that their internal database was hacked and 1.16 million credit cards and debit cards were stolen. Here's a quote with more of the details,
“Based on its investigation, Staples believes that malware may have allowed access to some transaction data at affected stores, including cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification codes,” the company said in a statement. “At 113 stores, the malware may have allowed access to this data for purchases made from August 10, 2014 through September 16, 2014. At two stores, the malware may have allowed access to data from purchases made from July 20, 2014 through September 16, 2014.”
Additionally, cards connected to four other stores in Manhattan, New York, have been used for fraudulent payments, from April through September 14.
Staples said that it’s offering “free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, identity theft insurance, and a free credit report, to customers who used a payment card at any of the affected stores during the relevant time periods.”
It's getting scary how often this is happening now. Perhaps the governments of the world should consider increasing their law enforcement budgets for fighting cyber-terrorism...