Eddie Bauer, an outdoors clothing company, has announced a data breach that affects its customers.
The Eddie Bauer data breach lasted from Jan. 2, 2016 to July 17, 2016. However, the company notes that not all customers were affected by the breach. Those that were likely had their credit or debit card information stolen by a group of hackers.
Eddie Bauer said that the data breach only affected the company’s physical locations. Purchases made by customers through its online store weren’t susceptible to the malware being used by hackers to steal private information.
With the help of third-party digital forensic experts, Eddie Bauer has removed the malware from its system. It is also working with the FBI, payment card organizations and others to determine the scope of the attack.
While the company notes that not every person that shopped at its physical stores during the date mentioned above were affected, it is still offering identity protection services to anyone that shopped during that time.
The identity protection service being offered to Eddie Bauer customers comes from Kroll, a risk mitigation and response company. Customers will be able to the the identity protection services for 12 months at no charge to them.
Eddie Bauer is currently still informing customers that may have been affected about the data breach. It suggests that all customers who think they might have been affected to contact their bank and card provider. It also recommends that customers keep a close eye on their bank accounts for possible fraudulent activity.
Eddie Bauer said that the attack in its system was part of a larger one targeting several retailers and hotel chains. A data breach reported earlier this week affected Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE:H), Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc(NYSE:HOT), Marriott International Inc (NASDAQ:MAR) and other hotel brands.
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