1-800-FLOWERS Suffers Credit Card Breach after Valentine’s Day Rush
The online flower shop 1-800-FLOWERS (1-800-Flowers.com) suffered a credit card data breach shortly after their big Valentine’s Day sales period. Between the evening of February 15th and the morning of February 17th, approximately 7,000 customers had their personal information compromised on the site.
According to a letter the company sent out to people who placed or attempted to place an order on the website during that timeframe, the hacker collected customer names, addresses, and email addresses, along with credit/debit card numbers and corresponding CVV codes (the 3-4 digit security code on the back of a payment card).
The letter does not reveal the specifics as to how the hacker got the information, but the floral shop says “the access permitting the potential exposure…has been resolved.” The organization is working with officials to strengthen their security measures and prevent further issues from arising in the future.
1-800-FLOWERS is encouraging customers to keep an eye on their credit and debit card statements and report any unauthorized charges to their card providers right away. The company is not offering free credit monitoring for victims at this time, but they have provided links to free resources for credit reports and identity theft solutions.