Eddie Bauer clothing chain executives released a statement on Thursday, August 18, which reported that registers in over 300 stores in North America were attacked by malware.
In its statement. the company revealed that anyone who used a debit or credit card at a store between January and July of this year may have had their information stolen. Not every person who shopped there during this time, all online orders are excluded, for example, would be affected, but the company is offering complimentary identity protection services to any customers that need it.
In response to the companies lackluster efforts to remedy the situation, a cyber security expert, Brian Krebs, noted that their statement was uncomfortably familiar to other companies affected by similar issues. He believes that the growing number of malware attacks on retailers warrants different strategies.
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