Staples Investigating Potential Data Breach

Staples Investigating Potential Data Breach

October 21, 2014         Written By John H. Oldshue

Staples may be the latest victim of a debit and credit card breach.

The office supply chain announced late yesterday that it is investigating a potential data breach at several locations.

According to security expert Brian Krebs, several banks identified a pattern of payment card fraud suggesting that a number of stores had been affected by a data breach. Krebs reported the breach may have taken place in seven Staples stores in Pennsylvania, at least three in New York City, and another in New Jersey.

Staples has 1800 stores throughout the country

“Staples is in the process of investigating a potential issue involving credit card data and has contacted law enforcement,” said Staples Senior Public Relations Manager Mark Cautela in a statement. “We take the protection of customer information very seriously, and are working to resolve the situation. If Staples discovers an issue, it is important to note that customers are not responsible for any fraudulent activity on their credit cards that is reported on a timely basis.”

Staples may join a long list of retailers where card numbers have been compromised, including Target, Neiman Marcus, Home Depot, Kmart and Michael’s. These breaches were the result of a nearly undetectable Backoff malware program that can be installed into the database of the store’s credit card system.

The Department of Homeland Security warned in August that more than 1,000 businesses may have been affected by the Backoff malware.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of October 21, 2014. For up-to-date
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John Oldshue is the creator of He worked for over 15 years in television and won an Emmy award for his reporting. He covers credit card rate issues for
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