Next in line – Staples Inc. in the northeast a potential victim to data breach

  • Team Omega
  • October 22, 2014

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The potential data breach story  is not news anymore, yet what is surprising is that Staples Inc. has not mentioned it anywhere on their site. By now we know, ‘a potential issue’ most often turns true. However, we will stay tuned.

According to Krebs, banks have reported that customer data has been stolen from a few stores in the northeast — Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. ” The fraudulent charges occurred at other (non-Staples) businesses, such as supermarkets and other big-box retailers. This suggests that the cash registers in at least some Staples locations may have fallen victim to card-stealing malware that lets thieves create counterfeit copies of cards that customers swipe at compromised payment terminals”.

Staples’s Senior Public Relations Manager Mark Cautela confirmed the banks’ claims.  “We take the protection of customer information very seriously, and are working to resolve the situation,” Cautela said. “If Staples discovers an issue, it is important to note that customers are not responsible for any fraudulent activity on their credit cards that is reported on [in] a timely basis.”  

More to come on the Staples’ data breach story…

If you suspect a potential breach at your stores, however big or small your organization, contact Omega ATC. We can help you through remediation of the gaps, an incident response plan or anything in between that is related to your data security.  Omega has experience working with breached entities and taking them to total compliance in a short time.  Call 636-557-7777 or email Or, go through our contact page.