Kmart announced that their credit card system was compromised from September until Oct. 9.
Retailer are under constant attacks of hackers. They seem to be a great target as these large IT systems are apparently tough to control and keep protected. The latest victim is Kmart. The retailer announced that customer credit card numbers have been stolen. Good thing that Kmart found this out now before the Black Friday and Holiday shopping season starts.
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On Thursday, Oct. 9, Kmart's IT team detected our payment data systems had been breached. Kmart's investigation to date indicates the breach started in early September.
According to the security experts Kmart hired, the Kmart store payment data systems were infected with a form of malware that was undetectable by current anti-virus systems. Kmart removed the malware, but Kmart believes certain debit and credit card numbers have been compromised.
Based on the forensic investigation to date, no personal information, no debit card PIN numbers, no email addresses and no social security numbers were obtained by those criminally responsible. There is also no evidence that online customers at kmart.com customers were impacted.
Kmart points out that the policies of most credit card companies state that customers have no liability for any unauthorized charges if they report them in a timely manner. To further protect their members and customers who shopped with a credit or debit card in our Kmart stores during the month of September through yesterday (Oct. 9, 2014), Kmart will be offering free credit monitoring protection.
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