Boy, This Is Getting Old Fast: Customer Data From Another Major Retailer Hacked. It’s Our Non-TV Story of the Day

Jan 23, 2014  •  Post A Comment

Customer data from yet another major U.S. retailer has been hacked.

"Neiman Marcus said Thursday that about 1.1 million customer credit and debit cards may have been hacked by malicious software," reports USA Today.

The story reports: "The sophisticated, self-concealing malware was ‘clandestinely’ installed on the department store operator’s system. The software then actively tried to collect or ‘scrape’ payment card data from July 16 to Oct. 30, the company explained.

"During that time, about 1.1 million cards ‘could have been potentially visible to the malware,’ Neiman CEO Karen Katz wrote in a statement on the company’s website. "

So far about 2,400 cards that were used at either Neiman Marcus or Last Call stores "were subsequently used fraudulently," the story notes.

The newspaper also ran a chart showing some of the biggest hacks of consumer data in the past decade: Data belonging to 92 million AOL customers was hacked in 2004. TK – TJ Maxx reported data belonging to 94 million customers was hacked in 2007. One hundred thirty million customers had data stolen from the Heartland Payment System in 2009. In 2011 the Sony Playstation Network got hit wtih data breaches affecting 77 million of its customers. Target recently revised the number of possible hits on data it had to "up to" 110 million of its customers. And 4.6 million of Snapchat’s customers were recently hacked. 

2 Comments

  1. And yet the powers that be still want to move everything to “the cloud”.
    Then hackers won’t have to hit data centers one by one; they can get everybody’s everything all at once!

  2. I hear you Scott. Internet security is a joke and the push to move everything there is being driven by the people that are selling the devices and systems that provide the internet access.

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