Report: Other major retailers hit with data attacks

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Shoppers fill the Westfield Galleria shopping mall in Roseville, Calif.

Shoppers fill the Westfield Galleria shopping mall in Roseville, Calif.

Target and Neiman Marcus may not be the only U.S. retailers whose networks were breached over the holiday shopping season last year, according to a Reuters news service story posted online early Sunday.

The Reuters story and other cybersecurity websites cite sources familiar with attacks on other merchants that have yet to be publicly disclosed.

At least three other well-known U.S. retailers were hit with smaller breaches than the massive one that hit Target, using similar techniques, the Reuters story says.

MORE: Neiman Marcus hit by credit card data hackers, too

No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attacks and the Reuters story cites unnamed law enforcement sources as saying they suspect the ring leaders of the attacks are from eastern Europe, which is where most big cyber crimes have originated the past few years.

On Saturday, Neiman Marcus publicly confirmed it had been attacked in late December and that personal data attached to credit cards had been stolen from up to 1 million customers who shopped at some of its 40 locations nationwide.

MORE: Data attack at Target may have affected up to 110M

On Friday, Target revealed that up to 110 million shoppers’ data may have been breached in the attack that it first disclosed on Dec. 19. It set up a dedicated customer service line to handle inquires about the attack and is offering free credit monitoring services to all customers.

Most states have laws that require companies to contact law enforcement agencies and customers when certain personal information is compromised. There may be a delay in notifying the public though if law enforcement feels it will interfere with the investigation, says Tony Anscombe, senior security evangelist at AVG Technologies, a company that provides virus protection and privacy software.

No other retailers have yet come forward to say they were involved in security breaches in recent weeks. Smaller security hacks may happen year-round but not garner headlines, Anscombe says. The attack on Target during the crucial holiday season has likely brought increased attention and interest in cyber security threats.

“Smaller companies probably have similar issues, but it’s not a newsworthy story,” Anscombe says.

Courtesy of USA Today

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