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Retail giant hit by year-long credit card data breach

Author: Mark Jones / Source: The Kim Komando Show

Swiping your credit or debit card at a retail store can be risky. That’s because criminals are always looking for companies with lax security so they can rip us off.

When we use these cards to make payments, we expect the retail location to have a secure system. Unfortunately, it’s not always the case. We’re now learning about a massive data breach that took the impacted company almost a year to discover, putting countless customers’ finances in jeopardy.

Has your banking information been compromised?

We’re talking about the country’s oldest clothing retailer, Brooks Brothers. The company just disclosed that it was the victim of a major data breach that was ongoing from April 4, 2016 until March 1, 2017. A criminal installed malicious software designed to capture payment card information on some of the company’s payment processing systems.

Anyone who shopped at Brooks Brothers during that time-frame could be impacted. Stolen information consists of payment card data – including name, payment card account number, card expiration date and card verification code.

Here is the notice of the data breach Brooks Brothers sent to its customers:

“Brooks Brothers recently became aware of a security incident that could affect the payment card information of some customers who made purchases at certain Brooks Brothers and Brooks Brothers outlet retail locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico only between April 4, 2016 and March 1, 2017. It is important to note that no sensitive personal information, such as Social Security number or personally identifying information was affected in this incident.

“As a precaution, we are providing this notice to make potentially affected customers aware of the incident and provide information on steps they can take to help protect themselves. We take the security of our customers’ information very seriously and value…

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