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Kmart hack: Parent company Sears says customer credit card data compromised in data breach

Author: Hyacinth Mascarenhas / Source: International Business Times UK

Sears Holdings, parent company of American retail chain Kmart, said on Wednesday (31 May) it discovered a security breach of its Kmart store payment card systems, compromising customers’ credit card numbers.

The company said its Kmart store payment data systems were infected with a form of malicious code that was undetectable by its anti-virus systems and application controls.

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“We recently became aware that Sears Holdings was a victim of a security incident involving unauthorized credit card activity following certain customer purchases at some of our Kmart stores,” the company said in a statement to security expert Brian Krebs, who first reported the breach. “We immediately launched a thorough investigation and engaged leading third party forensic experts to review our systems and secure the affected part of our network.”

“Once aware of the new malicious code, we quickly removed it and contained the event,” the company added. “We are confident that our customers can safely use their credit and debit…

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