Sears Kmart stores hit by cybercriminals

Monday 13 October 2014 13:29 CET | News

Online retailer Sears has been the victim of a cyber-attack that resulted in the theft of customer payment card numbers at its Kmart stores.

The US Secret Service confirmed it was investigating the breach, which occurred in September 2014 and compromised the systems of Kmart, which has about 1,200 stores across the US. The breach did not affect the Sears department store chain.

A spokesman from Sears said he could not estimate how many credit and debit card numbers had been taken. He added that the personal information, debit card PIN numbers, e-mail addresses and social security numbers of its customers remained safe.

Sears declared that the attackers used malicious software that was undetectable using anti-virus software. Kmart apologized to its customers on the 10th of October and said it was working with federal authorities, banking partners and security firms in the probe.

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Keywords: Sears, Kmart, cybercriminals, Cyber-attack, payment cards, digital identity, online security, web fraud
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