Author: Rishabh Jain / Source: International Business Times
Cyber attacks are becoming commonplace in 2017 and the most recent one might be a credit card breach which hit the popular retail chain Kmart, reported first on May 16, but only confirmed by parent company Sears Holding on Wednesday.
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“Our Kmart store payment data systems were infected with a form of malicious code that was undetectable by current anti-virus systems and application controls. Once aware of the new malicious code, we quickly removed it and contained the event. We are confident that our customers can safely use their credit and debit cards in our retail stores,” Howard Riefs, a spokesman for Sears Holding, said in a statement to Patch.
The company further explained the risk to its customers. “Based on the forensic investigation, NO PERSONAL identifying information (including names, addresses, social security numbers, and email addresses) was obtained by those criminally responsible. However, we believe certain credit card numbers have been compromised. Nevertheless, in light of our EMV compliant point of sale systems, which rolled out last year, we believe the exposure to cardholder data that can…
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