Data Breaches on the Rise

Data Breaches on the Rise

Flaws in payment systems created an opportunity for thieves to access customer data. Data that includes contact information email addresses, physical addresses and log in information like user names and passwords.

According to Business Insider Intelligence, data breaches are a threat to brands and customers. Because customer reaction ranges from completely stops shopping at an establishment to taking an extended break after a breach.

Some establishments included in the latest data breaches might surprise you:

  • Adidas

Adidas announced that an “unauthorized party” had gained access to their site. This includes customer data on their US website. Adidas didn’t say specifically how many customers this might have affected. However, their spokesperson did say it is likely “a few million”.

  • Sears

Sears alerted customers on April 4 of a "security incident".   An online support partner [24] said that possibly up to 100,000 people have had their credit-card information stolen. This incident affects customers who made on line purchases between Sept 27, 2017 and Oct 12th, 2017.

  • Kmart

Sears Holding Company owns Kmart, so the April 4th event affected Kmart customers as well.

  • Delta

Delta uses the same on line support service that Sears does. Therefore the April 4th breach affected Delta customers too. The airline indicated customer payment information might be at risk.  They declined to give any numbers of affected customers.

  • Best Buy

Best Buy told customers on April 5th that they were also affected by the [24] breach. However, Best Buy believes that it was only "a small fraction of our overall online customer population".

  • Saks Fifth AVE

The parent company, Hudson Bay, confirmed in April that a data breach compromised payment systems. In this case, it did not affect on line customers. But estimates are in the millions for in store customers.

  • Lord and Taylor

Also owned by Hudson Bay, Lord and Taylor uses the same payment systems. The breach also occurred in April.

  • Under Armor

Under Armour confirmed in March that data from its MyFitnessPal app was accessed by an "unauthorized party." Payment information was not released but personal details from those who used the app. Most likely, information for more than 150 million people.

  • Panera

Panera Bread confirmed on April 2 that there was a data leak on its website. They found the flaw quickly.  Even so, this could affect up to 37 million people.

  • Forever 21

In November, Forever 21 alerted its customers that potentially some information may have been stolen. Again, this looks like a weakness exposed in the store’s cashier terminals. People who shopped in the stores from March through October 2017 could be vulnerable.

  • Sonic

In September, Sonic told Business Insider that it detected "unusual security regarding credit cards being used at Sonic." Credit cards from about 5 million customers may have been stolen. Sonic has a single point-of-sales system that is used by the majority of its roughly 3,600 locations.

  • Whole Foods

Whole Foods announced in August that it "recently received information regarding unauthorized access of payment card information." The point of sales systems that are used in the restaurant areas were affected. This did not affect the grocery store system.

  • Gamestop

Gamestop confirmed a data breach in April 2017. A breach of the credit card processor gave thieves access to names, addresses and credit card information from August 10, 2016 to February 9, 2017.

  • Arby’s

Arby's confirmed in February 2017. Malware in the chain's cashier systems between October 25, 2016 and January 19, 2017 opened the door to unauthorized access. This breach may have affected 355, 000 credit and debit card users.

While given the popularity and size of these businesses, the real threat of data breaches becomes very real for any business. Network security is more important than ever. So, do you have plan in place? Can your business handle the threat? Did you know that ​​​​​Businesses with less than 250 employees represent 31% of all cybercrime attacks.

Finally, at E-N Computers, we know that a consistent approach to the administration of security tools and an unwavering eye on what’s passing through the gates is critical. E-N Computers dedicated System Administrators will monitor your network security, user access, and use unique security processes to ensure sensitive information stays confidential. Give us a call…..