After the Target breach started, a chain of breaches like that has been started and now again one more company has been affected by hackers, which is Staples Inc.
Staples, Inc. is a large office supply chain store, with over 2,000 stores worldwide in 26 countries.
1.16 million payment cards may have been affected in a series of data breaches that occurred from July into September, according to the company.
How the Breach occurred?
The breach occurred after cyber criminals successfully deployed malware on point-of-sale systems at 115 of the Staples’ 1400 U.S. stores, company also added in a statement.
In October, the company was investigating about this breach case.
As I said above this is now a chain which is now has been started among the most retailers, and below are some of the retailers which have been already affected by this type of the breach:
- Target Corp.
- Home Depot Inc.
- Sears Holdings Corp.’s Kmart chain
- Neiman Marcus Group Ltd.
Now, Staples has been attacked and this is called a financial hack in simple words, which affects the common man, like me and you.
Staples shares were little changed at $17.48 at 5:06 p.m. in late trading in New York. The stock had gained 10 percent this year through the close of regular trading today, Bloomberg reported.
Staples breach is smaller than the others breach, as the world’s biggest breach occurred at Home Depot in which data for 56 million cards and 53 million e-mail addresses were compromised. Target’s breach included details for 40 million cards and 70 million addresses, phone numbers and other information.
What to do now?
If you are one of the customer of the Staples, so take the steps below:
1. Always keep your eye on your card statement
2. Change any of your username and password you are using associated with the Staples
3. Find any thing suspicious, immediately contact your Bank or Police
And for your kind information, Staples is offering free identity protection services and a free credit report to customers who used a payment card at any of the affected stores during the relevant time periods.