UPS Reveals Data Breach in 51 Stores
United Parcel Service reported yesterday that a data breach may have occurred in 51 of their UPS Stores, possibly leading to the theft of customer debit and credit card information. Malicious software that was not identified by current anti-virus software led to the breach.
Customers who used a debit or credit card at the 51 stores between between January 20, 2014 and August 11, 2014 are being warned that their names, postal addresses, email addresses and payment card information may have been exposed.
These 51 UPS Stores represent just over 1% of the 4,470 franchised center locations across the United States.
The company said they were not aware of any reports of fraud associated with the breach.
“As soon as we became aware of the potential malware intrusion, we deployed extensive resources to quickly address and eliminate this issue. Our customers can be assured that we have identified and fully contained the incident,” Tim Davis, President of The UPS Store, Inc. said in a statement.
This is the latest in a long line of data breaches that have taken place at major retail companies, including Target, Neiman Marcus, Michaels, P.F. Chang’s, Sally Beauty, and Supervalu and Albertsons grocery stores. In addition, one of the country’s leading hospital chains, Community Health Systems, reported a data breach this week.