Staples Confirms POS Malware Attack

Mathew J. Schwartz reports:

Staples is now confirming that there was a malware-related breach, although it’s offering scant additional information. “We are continuing to investigate a data security incident involving an intrusion into some of our retail point-of-sale and computer systems,” Staples spokesman Mark Cautela tells Information Security Media Group. “We believe we have eradicated the malware used in the intrusion and have taken steps to further enhance the security of our network.”

To date, however, Staples has declined to say how many of its more than 2,000 stores in 26 countries – including 1,800 across the United States and Canada – may have been affected by the breaches. “The company is working with law enforcement and is investigating whether any retail transaction data may have been compromised,” Cautela says.

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