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Neiman Marcus confirms the obvious: 1.1 million customers compromised

Neiman Marcus confirms more than 1 million customers have been affected by its recent data breach caused by malware installed at retail stores.

Published Fri, Jan 24 2014 8:43 AM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

High-end boutique retailer Neiman Marcus confirmed up to 1.1 million credit cards were affected during a security data breach that was disclosed over the 2013 holiday shopping season. Starting in mid-July to late October last year, malware collected credit card and debit card information, with 2,400 cards reportedly used for fraudulent purchases.

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Customer Social Security numbers, debit card PIN numbers and birth dates weren't disclosed, and online shoppers haven't been affected.

"The malware the thieves deployed is more sophisticated and an unusual and a new way of gathering data," said David Robertson, The Nilson Report publisher, when speaking with the media. "In the history of the fight between hackers and retailers and anyone who holds payment data, the attack has occurred at the data center. That's where the largest number of accounts are. That's where the attack occurred because that's the biggest payoff."

Retailers already must deal with a number of different online threats, but malware and security risks facing brick and mortar retailers is a newer issue.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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