site compromised for 18 months

Reeves International is notifying consumers who made purchases on that their personal information may have been compromised in a breach that went undetected for 18 months.

In a letter to those affected, Arthur Minnocci, CFO, writes:

On September 9, 2014, we learned that unauthorized individuals installed malicious software on the computer server hosting the Breyer Horses website and took certain personal data entered by our customers. After an extensive forensic investigation, it appears that the initial compromise occurred on March 31, 2013 and ended on October 6, 2014. The malicious software and fraudulent use of our website could have compromised the personal information and other information of visitors that made purchases on our website, including name, address, website username and password, payment card account number, card expiration date, and payment card security code. According to our records, you made a payment card purchase at the Breyer Horses website and your information may be at risk.

The total number of customers potentially affected was not disclosed in the notification letter, and they don’t explain how they learned of the software injection. Did they discover it through their own measures or did a customer notify them of fraudulent charges on their card? The notification does not provide the usual “we have no evidence that…” reassurance.

In response to the breach, Reeves International took a number of steps, including hiring a forensic investigator. They report they have “taken measures designed to prevent this from happening again in the future, such as updating the code we use to run the Breyer Horses website.”

There does not appear to be any notification on their web site at the time of this posting.

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