|Staples Provides Update on Data Security Incident|
Staples’ data security experts detected that criminals deployed malware to some point-of-sale systems at 115 of its more than 1,400 U.S. retail stores. Upon detection, Staples immediately took action to eradicate the malware in mid-September and to further enhance its security. Staples also retained outside data security experts to investigate the incident and has worked closely with payment card companies and law enforcement on this matter.
Based on its investigation, Staples believes that malware may have
allowed access to some transaction data at affected stores, including
cardholder names, payment card numbers, expiration dates, and card
verification codes. At 113 stores, the malware may have allowed access
to this data for purchases made from
As a result, and in light of Staples’ commitment to protecting its customers, Staples is offering free identity protection services, including credit monitoring, identity theft insurance, and a free credit report, to customers who used a payment card at any of the affected stores during the relevant time periods. Additional information about the incident, including dates of potential access and how to sign up for free credit monitoring, can be found at http://staples.newshq.businesswire.com/statement.
During the investigation Staples also received reports of fraudulent
payment card use related to four stores in
Overall, the company believes that approximately 1.16 million payment cards may have been affected. Specific stores and dates can be found here.
Typically, customers are not responsible for any fraudulent charges on their credit cards that are reported in a timely fashion. Staples customers who shopped at the affected stores during the relevant time periods should review their account statements and notify their card issuers of any suspicious activity.
Staples is committed to protecting customer data and regrets any inconvenience caused by this incident. Staples has taken steps to enhance the security of its point-of-sale systems, including the use of new encryption tools.
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