Security Breaches Expand to Neiman Marcus, Other Retailers

Neiman MarcusPlano, TX/New York—The number of U.S. shoppers who had their credit/debit cards compromised during the holiday shopping season keeps growing. Last week Target revealed that between 70 million to 110 million shoppers had data hacked in its massive security breach last month.

On Friday, Neiman Marcus said an outside forensics firm discovered evidence on Jan. 1 indicating that it, too, had been a victim of a cyber attack. Apparently, the hackers may have stolen Neiman’s shoppers’ credit/debit card information though now many customers have been affected isn’t known yet, according to Ginger Reeder, a Neiman’s spokesperson.

Same Hackers Responsible?

According to Robert Siciliano, a security expert with McAfee, Neiman Marcus may not yet know the extent of the breach. And based upon recent incidents, Siciliano said there may be a connection between the Target and Neiman Marcus hacking incidents, perhaps committed by the same hackers.

Over the weekend Reuters reported that “hackers breached at least three well-known chains using methods similar to those used on Target” although retailers have yet to disclose what happens until more is known. Sources told Reuters that “while they suspect the perpetrators may be the same as those who launched the Target attack, they cannot be sure because they are still trying to find the culprits behind all of the security breaches.”

Meanwhile, Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel gave his first interview about the security beach to CNBC TV this morning.

“We’re going to get to the bottom of this,” Steinhafel said. “We’re not going to rest until we understand what happened and how that happened.”

He also indicated that Target would be pushing new retail security measure industry wide including a payment card technology that stores customer information on computer chips and requires users to type in personal identification numbers.

Just such a program has been proposed at the National Retail Federation. At the NRF’s annual convention in New York this week calls for tighter security standards at retail have been discussed, even if they would require increased investment by retailers, banks and other business partners.

 

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Jeff Prine

Jeff Prine, Editor at Large, Accessories Magazine
Jeff returns as a regular contributor to Accessories magazine. Initially Jeff worked as senior editor at Accessories more than 20 years ago and his love of the industry has followed him until present. Since his tenure here, Jeff has continued to report jewelry, watch and other luxury goods trends as executive editor at Modern Jeweler magazine, fashion director at Lustre, and as contributor on products and trends for consumer and trade publications and websites. In addition to his editorial experience, Jeff also served as an adjunct instructor for accessories merchandising at Fashion Institute of Technology. jeffp@busjour.com