According to a report by Brian Krebs, several Staples stores across New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey are being investigated by bank officials for a possible data breach.
“Multiple banks say they have identified a pattern of credit and debit card fraud suggesting that several Staples Inc. office supply locations in north-eastern United States are currently dealing with a data breach,” Mr Krebs wrote.
Based in Framingham, Massachusetts, Staples has more than 1,800 stores nationwide. A spokesperson for the retailer said in response to this issue:
“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 [in] a timely basis.”
If this report is found to be correct, Staples will join the long list of US organizations to have been targeted by hackers, including JPMorgan Chase, Home Depot, Dairy Queen and Target.
Following the recent series of high-profile breaches, many stores across America are moving from using magnetic strip payments cards to the more common and secure Chip-and-PIN payment method.
It is important for enterprises to ensure that whoever deals with storing, transmitting, or processing customer payment card details (whether themselves or a third-party vendor) are fully compliant and up to date with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). Failure to comply with the PCI DSS could not just result in a data breach and fines, but consequential brand damage and loss of customers and clients.
For further information on the PCI DSS, read PCI DSS: A Pocket Guide. Co-written by a PCI QSA (Qualified Security Assessor) and updated to cover PCI DSS version 3.0, this handy pocket guide provides all the information you need to consider as you approach the PCI DSS. It is also an ideal training resource for anyone in your organization who deals with payment card processing.
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