Yet another retailer appears to have fallen victim to a large-scale card hack. This time, it is Sally Beauty Supply stores.
According to security expert Brian Krebs, over 280,000 debit and credit cards have been stolen and sold on an underground crime store. Three different banks bought back their customers' debit and credit card accounts from this store in the hopes of finding a "common point of purchase" among them. That common point turned out to be Sally Beauty stores.
Sally Beauty operates 2,600 retail stores in the United States, selling beauty products to consumers and professionals.
In late February, the company's software system detected some concerning activity. Sally Beauty Holdings has enlisted Verizon Enterprise Solutions to help track down the source of the breach.
"Since [Verizon's] involvement, which has included a deconstruction of the methods used, an examination of network traffic, all our logs and all potentially accessed servers, we found no evidence that any data got out of our stores," said Sally spokeswoman Karen Fugate.
Americans are growing weary of the many credit card breaches that are taking place at major retail chains. Previous breaches have occurred at Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels.
Cardholders should pay close attention to their accounts at all times. Report any issues that come up as soon as possible, and get a new card if you think yours has been compromised.