James Halpin reports:
At least 150 Anchorage residents, possibly hundreds more, had their debit and credit card information stolen when a local retailer’s computer records were apparently targeted by hackers, according to Anchorage police.
Police estimate the number of local victims could range as high as 1,000 or more in what looks to be an organized nationwide scheme to steal account information and use it to buy goods to be sold for cash.
Reports of card fraud first began trickling in about a month ago and soon began to “snowball,” according to police. The victims didn’t seem connected to each other, so police had to painstakingly go through their financial records to narrow down the source of the breach, which investigators say was at least one local business.
Read more on the Anchorage Daily News.
Still no word on who the retailer is.