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Staples Data Breach Would Be Latest of Many to Hit Retailers

By    |   Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 12:57 PM

Staples announced Monday that it is investigating a possible data breach of credit and debit card information at some of its office supply stories in the Northeast, joining an increasing list of retailers who are struggling with digital security.

The security blog Krebs On Security first reported the alleged breach at Staples last week through bank sources.

Multiple banks say they have identified a pattern of credit and debit card fraud suggesting that several Staples Inc. office supply locations in the northeastern United States are currently dealing with a data breach," Brian Krebs said on the blog. "Staples says it is investigating 'a potential issue' and has contacted law enforcement.

"According to more than a half-dozen sources at banks operating on the East Coast, it appears likely that fraudsters have succeeded in stealing customer card data from some subset of Staples locations, including seven Staples stores in Pennsylvania, at least three in New York City and another in New Jersey," Krebs on Security reported.

Forbes reported that Staples confirmed that it was investigating the possible breach in a statement Monday, released by Mark Cautela, the company's senior public relations manager.

"Staples is in the process of investigating a potential issue involving credit card data and has contacted law enforcement," Cautela said in the statement. "We take the protection of customer information very seriously, and are working to resolve the situation. If Staples discovers an issue, it is important to note that customers are not responsible for any fraudulent activity on their credit cards that is reported on a timely basis."

The Staples investigation continues the rash of major retailers taken by hackers, including Target, Home Depot, Michaels and P.F. Chang's, according to the Washington Post. J.P. Morgan confirmed an online attack on its banking systems but it was able to fight off the attempt to access sensitive customer data, such as credit card numbers or bank account information, the bank told the Post.

Staples, which is based in Framingham, Massachusetts, has more than 1,800 stores around the country, according to Krebs On Security.

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