Vera Bradley Stores Breached

October 13, 2016, Written By Bill Hardekopf

Fashion retailer Vera Bradley announced yesterday that 122 of their stores and 44 outlets had been breached this summer.

An investigation revealed the hackers were able to gain unauthorized access to the payment processing system and install a program that searched for payment card details. Specifically, the malware was designed to find track data in the magnetic stripe of a payment card, which contains the card number, cardholder name, expiration date and internal verification code.

While cards used online are not at risk, anyone who shopped a Vera Bradley location between July 25 and September 23 should monitor their credit card statements for fraudulent activity.

Law enforcement first notified Vera Bradley of the potential security breach on September 15, and the company immediately began an investigation. They were able to halt the breach a week later.

“Vera Bradley has stopped this incident,” the company said, and added they have hired cyber security firm FireEye to improve security.

According to Reuters, this breach led the company to delay an upgrade of its website, which could hurt holiday sales.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of October 13, 2016. For up-to-date
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Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.
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