Walmart Canada Investigates Potential Online Data Breach
Walmart Canada is currently investigating a potential credit card data breach for an online photo center operated by a third party. The company announced the investigation on Monday and proceeded to close down the website yesterday.
“We were recently informed of a potential compromise of customer credit card data involving Walmart Canada’s Photocentre website, www.walmartphotocentre.ca,” the company said in a statement posted on their website. “We immediately launched an investigation and will be contacting customers who may be impacted.”
Walmart is encouraging people who recently used the online photo center to monitor their credit card accounts closely, but they say there is no reason to believe Walmart.ca, Walmart.com, or physical store locations have been compromised. The company is working with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and law enforcement to track down the source of the problem and take action to eradicate it.
The website, and the mobile application that corresponds to it, will be down until the investigation reaches a conclusion. Walmart says they will provide more details about the matter as they continue to work with their vendors and financial partners.
The online Walmart photo center for Canada is run by PNI Digital Media, a company owned by Staples. A spokesperson from Staples said, “PNI is investigating a potential credit card data security issue. If an issue is discovered, it is important to note that consumers are not responsible for any fraudulent activity on their credit cards that is reported on a timely basis.”
There is no information at this time to confirm that the data breach is limited to Walmart’s online photo center in Canada. PNI Digital Media currently offers products for 19,000 retail locations and 8,000 in-store kiosks, according to the company website.