The data of millions and millions of shoppers might be in the hands of computer hackers as attacks on retail stores in the U.S. become more common, said Homeland Security on Friday.
The DHS in an advisory said over 1,000 businesses in the U.S. had been victimized by hacker malware, which targets the systems on cash registers and steals the personal and financial information of customers following the swiping of their debit or credit cards.
The DHS specifically warned retailers of the malware known as Backoff. This malware was discovered in October and the most recent computer system infected were 51 UPS stores across the country.
That breach compromised the data on more than 105,000 transactions by customers at UPS stores from January of this year through August.
The company does not believe any customers were affected by fraud from the infection of malware, but it fears the hackers might have stolen names of shoppers, payment information and email addresses.
The company because of the hack is offering free identity protection to its customers that made a transaction in one of its 51 stores affected by the malware.
SOURCE: David Green