Hacking Fears Also Close Costco, Rite Aid Online Photo Sites
The possible data breach with a third-party supplier that handles the online photo centers for major retailers has now closed down the operations of some additional chains.
The online photo centers at Costco, Rite Aid, Sam’s Club and Tesco have all disabled their online photo printing operations due to a possible data breach with PNI Digital Media. Previously, Walmart Canada and CVS suspended their online photo services.
PNI Digital Media, a Vancouver-based company owned by Staples, is the company responsible for the online photo services at these and hundreds of other retail outlets throughout the country.
“We take the protection of information very seriously. PNI is investigating a potential credit card data issue, and outside security experts are assisting in the investigation,” Kirk Saville, vice president, global communications at Staples Inc. told Reuters.
Rite Aid said the breach may have affected the name, address, phone number, email address, photo account password and credit card information of its online and mobile photo center customers.
Walmart, CVS, Rite Aid and other retailers say their online photo centers are not tied with the main store, so customers using the retailers’ primary website or in-store services should not have to worry about the breach. Those who have used any of these online photo centers are urged to monitor their credit card accounts closely, and notify their financial institutions about fraudulent charges as they emerge.
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