Online ordering of pictures may cause some personal information losses.
If you have recently sent pictures from your home computer to be printed at mass retailers like Costco or Sam's Club, you might want to check in to see if you were part of a possible data breach at PNI Digital Media. The company, which is the one that hosts the photo services websites, announced today according to Venture Beat. Other websites that appear to have been affected by the breach include Rite Aid Corporation and British supermarket chain Tesco's.
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Just last week, both CVS Health Corp. and Walmart Canada (Walmart owns Sam's Club) disables their online photo printing stores because customers had reported that their personal data had been hacked - including credit card information.
“We take the protection of information very seriously. PNI is investigating a potential credit card data issue, and outside security experts are assisting in the investigation,” said Kirk Saville, vice president, global communications at Staples Inc, who has also affected by the potential breach.
Many companies are taking their photo ordering websites down out of fear of the potential breach, not necessarily because they have been breached, according to reports. Some however were advices by PNI, so you should call to check if you think you may be in danger.
Costco Canada and Rite Aid noted that PNI has limited access to customer information since it does not process credit cards, but the photo service sites were temporarily taken down as a precaution, they wanted to let their customers know.
All companies are asking that customers take a moment to look over their credit card transactions for any unauthorized charges. The main stores of these companies were NOT affected by the breach.
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Costco shares rose 0.2 percent to end regular trading at $145.04; Wal-Mart shares dipped 0.4 percent to $73.10; Rite Aid fell 1 percent to $8.82; Tesco shares ended 0.3 percent higher at 218.6 pence, and Staples shares eased 0.5 percent to $14.63.