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Neiman Marcus says data breach could affect 1.1 million customers

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Add another retail operation to the growing list of those admitting security breaches in the past year, according to article published January 24, 2014.

Neiman Marcus says that as many as 1.1 million debit and credit cards used at its retail stores last year may have been compromised. The breach extends to Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and Last Call customer cards. The affected period runs from July 16 through October 30, 2013. According to official sources, malicious software was installed in Neiman Marcus’ information system in mid-July, 2013. The problem was discovered by forensic investigators on January 1, 2014 and the software was promptly removed.

Neiman Marcus says the data breach does not extend to online shoppers. It affects only those who shopped in the retail stores. It also does not affect those who used Neiman Marcus’ own credit cards. And, if it is any consolation, social security numbers and birth dates were not stolen. The only area of concern is with the credit card numbers. Other personal information is safe.

Target retail stores admitted a data security breach over the holidays and took prompt action to reassure its customers. Target’s dilemma is somewhat worse because it included personal information as well as credit card information. With Neiman Marcus, the situation is still serious but the problem only extends to credit card numbers. Investigators are working to track down the cause of the breach at each retail operation and while there are some similarities, there doesn’t appear to be any connection between the two.

Neiman Marcus is notifying all customers who shopped in its stores any time in 2013 about its data breakdown. It is offering customers a free year of credit monitoring and identity theft protection to make sure that no fraudulent transactions have taken place in the past year and to minimize the threat going forward.

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