Breach Brief: Staples confirms data breach affected 1.16M payment cards

Staples has revealed that 1.16 million payment cards may have been affected in a series of data breaches that occurred over the summer. The office supply chain joins a growing list of retailers — which includes Target, Home Depot, Kmart and Neiman Marcus — that have had their payment systems breached by hackers in recent months.

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What happened? An in-house investigation has detected malware at some point-of-sale systems throughout 115 locations, the company said in a press release. Staples has more than 1,400 U.S. retail stores.

What information was breached? From August 10 through September 16, 2014, the malware allowed access to cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates and card verification codes at the infected stores, the retailer noted. It also enabled the cyber criminals to obtain data from purchases at a pair of stores dating back to July 20.

What they’re saying: Staples is currently offering free identity protection services and a free credit report to customers who used a payment card at any of the affected stores during the relevant time periods.

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