* Brooks Brothers targeted in 11 month hack
* Malware used to steal payment data
* Personal information not at risk
Brooks Brothers was the target of an 11-month credit card data breach, reports Business of Fashion. From April 4, 2016 through March 1, 2017, customers at some of the clothier’s retail locations in the United States and Puerto Rico may have fallen prey.
The company disclosed that someone had accessed their system and installed malicious software that stole card information from the payment systems at the targeted locations. The stolen information could include names, account numbers, expiration dates and security codes.
While Brooks Brothers acknowledges that payment data may have been stolen, it’s important to note that personal information such as social security numbers and addresses were not compromised. After discovering the breach, the company hired independent forensic investigators and notified law enforcement.
“We take the security of our customers’ information very seriously, and, once we learned of this incident, we took immediate action including initiating an internal review, engaging independent forensic experts to assist us in the investigation and remediation of our systems and alerting law enforcement,” says the company in a statement posted to its website.
“While we are continuing to review and enhance our security measures moving forward to help prevent a future incident, we can confirm that this issue has been resolved and is no longer impacting transactions.”