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TJX Data Theft is the Largest Hack Ever

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I am never shopping at T.J. Maxx or Marshalls ever again.

A hacker or hackers stole data from at least 45.7 million credit and debit cards of shoppers at off-price retailers including T.J. Maxx and Marshalls in a case believed to be the largest such breach of consumer information.

For the first time since disclosing the theft more than two months ago, the parent company of nearly 2,500 discount stores put a number on how much card data was compromised — and it’s a number TJX Cos. acknowledges could go still higher.

This breach has already been tied to several identity theft crimes after a ring of thieves were arrest in Florida.

[Washington Post]

Written by MCruz on March 29th, 2007 with no comments.
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Hackers Enter Retailer’s Computer Systems

The TJX Companies Inc. has reported an intrusion to their computer systems which handles their customer transaction system. All major card brands accepted by TJX have been affected, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover. The full extent of this breach is still not known.

The credit and debit card data of a large number of shoppers in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada, and possibly in the U.K and Ireland, may have been compromised as the result of a hacking incident at The TJX Companies Inc. last month.

According to a statement issued today by the Framingham, Mass.-based retailer, the network intrusion took place in mid-December and involved systems used to process credit, debit, check and merchandise-return transactions at its TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and A.J. Wright stores in the U.S and Puerto Rico.

Customers who have concerns about this incident may visit TJX’s site or call 866-484-6978.

Source: Computerworld

Written by MCruz on January 18th, 2007 with 2 comments.
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Life is Good – Information Breach

The Boston retailer, Life is Good has notified its customers that their personal information was accessed by hackers.

The company today disclosed a security breach in which hackers accessed a database containing 9,250 customers’ credit card numbers. The company said no other personal information, such as social security or driver’s license numbers or dates of birth were included in the database and that all affected customers have been notified.

Source: The Boston Globe Thanks for the tip, John!

Written by MCruz on September 20th, 2006 with no comments.
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Hackers accessed Frost Bank accounts

About 100 Frost Bank customers’ Visa debit card numbers were used on a shopping spending spree. The database of an unnamed national retailer was recently breached. The system contained information belonging to several other banks, however, Frost Bank is the first to publicly announced the breach.

In a letter to affected customers, Frost said Visa had advised bank officials that Visa, MasterCard, and other debit and credit card numbers from banks across the country could have been compromised. Officials at Bank of America, Citigroup and Wachovia said they did not have enough information to comment Thursday.

Source: Express-News

Written by MCruz on May 19th, 2006 with no comments.
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