29 March 2017
Visit EBAday.com

Hackers steal Texas liquor store chain customer data

03 April 2014  |  10289 views  |  0 credit card

More than half a million people may have had their card data stolen after a data breach at Texas wine and liquor store chain Spec's which dates back 18 months.

In a statement, Spec's says that an attack on its systems began in October 2012 and may have continued until last month. The breach affects customers who shopped at 34 of its stores between those dates.

Names, card numbers, expiration dates and security codes are all at risk. For customers who paid by cheque, bank account numbers, dates of birth and driver's license numbers have been compromised.

Spec's spokeswoman Jenifer Sarver told the Houston Chronicle that "an estimated fewer than 550,000" customers and employees were affected.

The company says that when it discovered the attack it called in a forensic investigator to tackle it and has also enlisted a cyber security firm to help beef up its defences. The Secret Service is also investigating.

Spec's has not revealed when it learnt of the breach, with Sarver telling the Chronicle: "This was a very sophisticated attack by a hacker or hackers who went to great lengths to cover their tracks."

Affected cash registers have now finally been disabled and malware removed from the Spec's systems.

Merchant data breaches have been high on the US agenda since the Target hack of late last year, which saw crooks infect POS devices and steal the details of around 40 million customer cards.

Comments: (0)

Comment on this story (membership required)

Finextra news in your inbox

For Finextra's free daily newsletter, breaking news flashes and weekly jobs board: sign up now

Related stories

PCI security vendor Trustwave named in Target breach suit

PCI security vendor Trustwave named in Target breach suit

26 March 2014  |  6287 views  |  0 comments | 4 tweets | 7 linkedin
Visa and MasterCard launch cross-industry effort to push US adoption of EMV

Visa and MasterCard launch cross-industry effort to push US adoption of EMV

07 March 2014  |  11062 views  |  4 comments | 20 tweets | 19 linkedin
Target chief information officer quits

Target chief information officer quits

05 March 2014  |  5483 views  |  0 comments | 6 tweets | 5 linkedin
Credit unions estimate $30 million hit from Target breach

Credit unions estimate $30 million hit from Target breach

11 February 2014  |  5494 views  |  0 comments | 6 tweets | 10 linkedin
US banks have re-issued 17.2 million cards following Target data breach

US banks have re-issued 17.2 million cards following Target data breach

07 February 2014  |  13801 views  |  8 comments | 25 tweets | 10 linkedin
Hacked Target hastens migration to chip cards

Hacked Target hastens migration to chip cards

05 February 2014  |  6429 views  |  0 comments | 4 tweets | 9 linkedin
Target hackers used POS malware to steal card details

Target hackers used POS malware to steal card details

14 January 2014  |  6755 views  |  0 comments | 5 tweets | 5 linkedin
Target says 40 million cards may have been compromised in data breach

Target says 40 million cards may have been compromised in data breach

19 December 2013  |  9668 views  |  2 comments | 11 tweets | 12 linkedin

Related blogs

Create a blog about this story (membership required)
Visit capgemini.comvisit abe-eba.eu

Top topics

Most viewed Most shared
European Commission opens public consultation on fintechEuropean Commission opens public consultat...
12760 views comments | 51 tweets | 31 linkedin
MAS to roll out national KYC utility for SingaporeMAS to roll out national KYC utility for S...
12049 views comments | 33 tweets | 45 linkedin
hands typing furiouslyTwo key technologies driving Machine Learn...
8575 views 0 | 16 tweets | 4 linkedin
UK to roll out image-based cheque clearing systemUK to roll out image-based cheque clearing...
6888 views comments | 20 tweets | 43 linkedin

Featured job

Six Figure Base + Commission + Stock Options
London

Find your next job