Loblaw, Canadian Tire respond to breach reports

Aleksandra Sagan reports:

Loblaw is warning PC Plus rewards collectors to beef up their passwords after points were stolen from some members’ accounts.

“We are treating this as a breach as individual member accounts were accessed and points were stolen,” said Kevin Groh, the company’s vice-president of corporate affairs and communication, in a statement.

Meanwhile, Global News reported Tuesday that Canadian Tire shut down customer access to online accounts this week in the interests of protecting their personal information.

“We recently noticed unusual traffic on our website and suspended customer sign-in capabilities while we investigate,” communications manager Stephanie Nadalin told Global, which said it had been alerted to the problem by an unnamed Canadian Tire customer.

Read more on Global News.

Update: Loblaw subsequently reset all passwords.

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