Clothing chain Eddie Bauer is reacting to malware activity at its shops this year. According to a recent statement, hundreds of locations were recently subjected to a POS malware attack that put some customer data in danger. The size of the attack is significant, since it reportedly encompassed every one of the brand's Canadian and U.S. stores.
In the official press release, company CEO Mike Egeck said that Eddie Bauer will attempt to improve POS security in the wake of this attack. The action reportedly affected in-store data only and not cards used to make online purchases. The company is trying to notify compromised customers and will grant identity protection to shoppers who may have been impacted.
"The security of our customers' information is a top priority for Eddie Bauer," Egeck said. "We have been working closely with the FBI, cyber security experts, and payment card organizations, and want to assure our customers that we have fully identified and contained the incident and that no customers will be responsible for any fraudulent charges to their accounts," he added. The breach may affect customers who used their payment cards at Eddie Bauer stores between Jan. 2 and July 17, 2016.
In recent years, retail cybersecurity breaches have often garnered attention. A Target database hack in 2013 led to a several million dollars in settlements last year, according to CNN Money. One of these was for $67 million with Visa.
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