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Kmart Credit Card Breach: What You Need to Know

Author: Alyssa Newcomb / Source: NBC News

Another day, yet another retail security breach.

Embattled retailer Sears said on Wednesday it found a security breach involving “unauthorized” credit card activity following some customer purchases at its Kmart stores. It’s the second major security breach for the retailer in under three years.

Hackers appeared to infiltrate payment data systems with malicious code that was undetectable by existing antivirus systems, Howard Riefs, a spokesman for Sears Holdings, told NBC News. Once Kmart became aware of the code, Riefs said it was removed and the security breach was contained.

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“Given the criminal nature of this attack, Kmart is working closely with federal law enforcement authorities, our banking partners, and IT security firms in this ongoing investigation,” the company said in a statement. “We are actively enhancing our defenses in light of this new form of malware. Data security is of critical importance to our company,…

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