Hackers stole data from 45.7 million cards

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Information from 45.7 million cards was stolen from transactions beginning in January 2003 and ending Nov. 23 of that year, TJX said in the filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission after business hours Wednesday. TJX said about three-quarters of the 45.7 million cards had either expired at the time of the theft, or the stolen information didn’t include security code data from the cards’ magnetic stripes. BOSTON – A hacker or hackers stole data from at least 45.7 million credit and debit cards of shoppers at off-price retailers, including T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, in a case believed to be the largest such breach of consumer information. For the first time since disclosing the theft more than two months ago, the parent company of nearly 2,500 discount stores put a number on how much card data was compromised – and it’s a number TJX Cos. acknowledges could go still higher. Experts say TJX’s disclosures in a regulatory filing late Wednesday revealed security holes that persist at many firms entrusted with consumer data: failure to promptly delete data on customer transactions, and to guard secrets about how such data is protected through encryption. The only arrests believed tied to the case involve a gift card scam in which 10 people are suspected of buying data from the TJX hackers to purchase Wal-Mart gift cards in northern Florida. The 10 – who aren’t believed to have committed the TJX hack – then used the cards to buy $1 million worth of electronics and jewelry at Wal-Mart’s Sam’s Club stores, according to Gainesville, Fla., police. last_img

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