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January 11, 2014

       

 
   



Credit card hackers hit Neiman Marcus

Neiman Marcus says that it's the latest victim of data thieves, who made off with the credit card information of an unknown number of customers.

Upscale department store Neiman Marcus confirmed that its database of customer information was hacked last month, reported on Friday. The Neiman Marcus hack follows news today from Target that its investigation into its recent hack found that thieves made off with the personal and credit card data of up to 110 million Target customers, 70 million more than previously thought. The Neiman Marcus breach occurred around mid-December, the same time as the Target attack. Another similarity to the Target attack is that online Neiman Marcus shoppers do not appear to be affected so far, only retail shoppers. So far, these appear to be coincidences. Ginger Reeder, a spokesperson for Dallas-based Neiman Marcus, told Krebs that details on the hack are sparse. The cause, size, and duration of the attack are currently unknown, pending the completion of a third-party forensics investigation. The company is also working with the Secret Service, as is customary in these attacks.

Here's part of the statement Neiman Marcus gave to Brian Krebs, Cybersecurity journalist with krebsonsecurity.com on the investigation:

"We informed federal law enforcement agencies and are working actively with the U.S. Secret Service, the payment brands, our credit card processor, a leading investigations, intelligence and risk management firm, and a leading forensics firm to investigate the situation. On January 1st, the forensics firm discovered evidence that the company was the victim of a criminal cyber-security intrusion and that some customers’ cards were possibly compromised as a result. We have begun to contain the intrusion and have taken significant steps to further enhance information security.

The security of our customers’ information is always a priority and we sincerely regret any inconvenience. We are taking steps, where possible, to notify customers whose cards we know were used fraudulently after making a purchase at our store." (Source nbcnews.com) (businessinsider.com)

 

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