Hackers Continue Their Assault on Retailers: 10 High-Profile Breaches

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2014-09-05

The past 10 months have been most eventful in terms of retail data breaches. Whereas historically a retail breach was a relatively uncommon phenomenon, such breaches are now being reported with frequent regularity. The first big breach was reported on Dec. 19, 2013, by retail giant Target. While the final cost of that incident has not been fully tallied, the current estimate by Target now stands at $148 million. Upscale retailer Neiman Marcus admitted on Jan. 11 that it too had been breached, and at the time there were suspicions that other retailers would also disclose breaches—and they did. Those retailers include Michaels, which revealed in January that it too had suffered a breach. Sally Beauty Supply admitted on March 5 that it had been the victim of a breach. And restaurant chain P.F Chang's, grocery chain SuperValu and UPS have also confirmed that they have suffered customer information data breaches this year. There are a number of possible causes for all the different retail breaches, among them being the prevalence of virulent point-of-sale (POS) malware known as Backoff. In this slide show, eWEEK reviews the top 10 retail breaches of the last 10 months.


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