Online Bookstore Sourcebooks Suffers Data Breach
Most of the major data breaches that have occurred in the past year have taken place with transactions at store level, not with online purchases. But the latest breach goes against this trend.
The shopping cart of Sourcebooks, the popular online bookstore, was compromised between April to June of 2014. Hackers were able to steal names, addresses, credit card numbers, expiration dates, card security codes and email addresses.
Sourcebooks reports that 5,204 customers were affected by the hack. The company sent a letter in the mail to anyone whose account was at risk. Consumers who shopped at Sourcebooks during this time may want to monitor their card account regardless of whether they receive a letter.
The company reports they have fixed the security issues and are prepared to fight off similar attacks in the future.
“We have implemented additional security enhancements to our server and shopping cart software. We maintain ongoing payment card industry (PCI) compliance to address security standards,” the company said in a statement.
The online book seller encourages all users to change their account passwords and notify their payment card issuer at the first sign of a fraudulent charge. Sourcebooks notes they will never call their customers requesting personal information over the phone, so all phone calls along those lines are from scammers looking to steal more information.