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Three Barnes & Noble Stores In State Were Victims Of Data Breach

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Barnes & Noble (Karen Bleier/AFP/Gettty Images)

Barnes & Noble (Karen Bleier/AFP/Gettty Images)

Note:  Barnes & Noble says the stores in Connecticut affected by the tampering were at:

_ 470 Universal Drive North, North Haven
_ 100 Greyrock Place, Stamford
_ 60 Isham Road, Blue Back  Square, West Hartford

NEW YORK (AP) _ Barnes & Noble Inc. said Wednesday the tampering
of devices used by customers to swipe credit and debit cards in 63
of its stores was a “sophisticated criminal effort” to steal
information, and reiterated it’s working with federal law
enforcement authorities.

The nation’s largest bookseller late Tuesday disclosed the data
breach in stores in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois,
Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island,
and warned customers to check for unauthorized transactions and to
change their personal identification numbers, or PINs.

B&N said only one device, or PIN pad, was tampered with in each
store, affecting less than 1 percent of these devices in its
stores. It released a complete list of locations that were
affected. All the PIN pads in its nearly 700 stores nationwide were
disconnected on Sept. 14, after the company learned of the
tampering.

In a press release issued Wednesday, B&N said the criminals
planted bugs in the tampered devices, allowing for the capture of
credit card and PIN numbers. The company did not offer a timeline
for when the bugs were planted or how long they were in use before
they were discovered.

B&N said that it’s continuing to work with federal law
enforcement and with banks, payment card brands and issuers to
identify accounts that may have been compromised, so that
additional fraud-protection measures can be taken.

Customers at its book stores will now have to ask cashiers to
swipe credit or debit cards on card readers connected to cash
registers, a process that is secure, Barnes & Noble said.
Anything bought on Barnes & Noble.com or with the chain’s Nook
devices and app were not affected, the company said. It also said
its customer database is secure.

Barnes & Noble is only the latest major retailer to be a victim
of a serious data breach. In one of the largest, more than 45
million credit and debit cards were exposed to possible fraud
because of hackers who broke into the computer system of TJX Cos.,
the parent company of retailers T.J. Maxx and Marshall’s, starting
in 2005.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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