Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Confirmed: 1.16 million credit card numbers stolen in Staples breach.

Staples said that malware infected the checkout stations at 115 of its 1,400 U.S. stores. It began removing the software in mid-September. Investigations in the meantime revealed that shoppers who made purchases at these stores across the country going back as far as July may have had their credit card numbers, expiration dates, verification codes and their names stolen in the hack.

In a statement, Staples said that 1.16 million credit and debit cards may have been affected.
Michael Regal, editor at large for Bloomberg News said on "CBS This Morning: Saturday" that consumers should not be held responsible for any fraudulent charges following the breach, but urged anyone who's shopped at the store in recent months to check their credit card statements carefully for any unusual activity.

Staples is offering free credit monitoring, identity theft insurance and a free credit report to any customers who used a credit or debit card at the affected stores during the breach. It posted the specific locations and dates online.

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