Breach Brief: Staples says probing possible data breach

Staples is investigating a possible breach of payment card data, making it the latest U.S. retailer to become a victim of a cyberattack.


What happened? Security blogger Brian Krebs reported that multiple banks have identified a pattern of credit and debit card fraud suggesting that several office chain’s locations in the northeast are currently dealing with a data breach. Experts believe the cyber criminals are using a form of the same malicious software Backoff used in the Target, Home Depot and Dairy Queen attacks, among a number of others.

What information was breached? According to more than a half-dozen banks, it appears likely that thieves have succeeded in stealing customer card data from seven Staples stores in Pennsylvania, at least three in New York City, and another in New Jersey.

What they’re saying: Staples has issued a statement saying that they are “in the process of investigating a potential issue involving credit card data and have contacted law enforcement… We take the protection of customer information very seriously, and are working to resolve the situation. If Staples discovers an issue, it is important to note that customers are not responsible for any fraudulent activity on their credit cards that is reported on [in] a timely basis.” 

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