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Neiman Marcus is latest victim of security breach

Neiman Marcus Customers At Risk After Data Breach


NEW YORK (AP) - Luxury merchant Neiman Marcus confirmed Saturday that thieves may have stolen customers' credit and debit card information and made unauthorized charges over the holiday season, becoming the second retailer in recent weeks to announce it had fallen victim to a cyber-security attack.

The hacking, coming weeks after Target Corp. revealed its own breach, underscores the increasing challenges that merchants have in thwarting security breaches.

Ginger Reeder, spokeswoman for Dallas-based Neiman Marcus Group Ltd., said in an email Saturday that the retailer had been notified in mid-December by its credit card processor about potentially unauthorized payment activity following customer purchases at stores. On Jan. 1, a forensics firm confirmed evidence that the upscale retailer was a victim of a criminal cyber-security intrusion and that some customers' cards were possibly compromised as a result.

Reeder says the retailer, which operates more than 40 upscale stores and clearance stores, is working with the Secret Service. She wouldn't estimate how many customers may be affected but said the merchant was notifying customers whose cards it knew were used fraudulently.

"We have begun to contain the intrusion and have taken significant steps to further enhance information security," Reeder said in an email.

The revelations come as Target disclosed Friday that its massive data theft was significantly more extensive and affected millions more shoppers than the company announced in December. The nation's second largest discounter said hackers stole personal information - including names, phone numbers, email and mailing addresses - from as many as 70 million customers as part of a data breach it discovered last month.

The Minneapolis-based Target announced Dec. 19 that some 40 million credit and debit card accounts had been affected by a data breach that happened from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15 - just as the holiday shopping season was getting into gear.

As part of that announcement, the company said customers' names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates, debit-card PINs and the embedded code on the magnetic strip on the back of cards had been stolen.

According to new information gleaned from its investigation with the Secret Service and the Department of Justice, Target said Friday that criminals also took non-credit card related data for some 70 million customers. This is information Target obtained from customers who, among other things, used a call center and offered their phone number or shopped online and provided an email address.

Some overlap exists between the 70 million individuals and the 40 million compromised credit and debit accounts, Target said.

When Target releases a final tally, the theft could become the largest data breach on record for a retailer, surpassing an incident uncovered in 2007 that saw more than 90 million records pilfered from TJX Cos. Inc.

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Judith January 11 2014 at 1:23 PM

In view of this, I'm not using either my debit or credit card - I'm back to the old-fashioned way of writing checks, starting today at the grocery store.

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BONT64 January 11 2014 at 8:52 PM

SORRY (NOT) FOR USING ALL CAPS ~ MAYBE I AM VISUALLY IMPAIRED? ~ HMMMMMM... IF CAPITAL LETTERS BOTHER YOU SO BAD THEN REFRAIN FROM READING ANYTHING THAT HAS A CAPITAL LETTER IN IT ~ CAN YOU READ? ~ DO YOU NEED TO LEARN TO WORK ON PUNCTUATION ALSO? JUST WONDERING...? DON'T JUDGE "RABID DUDE"

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DOUG BONT64 January 11 2014 at 11:40 PM

Ok, what has this have to do with the article? Well into our nightly bottle of Jack Daniels are we?

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uh34d January 11 2014 at 8:38 PM

Easy fix for the problem people. Quit being lazy and use cash, pay your bills by check or money order and mail the payments in. Keep a credit card handy only for emergencies. No cash, don't buy simply because you've got a gaggle of credit cards...unless it's for medications and you've got no choice. See if you can open a line of credit at your local bank/credit union. Having one to cover a large unexpected expense is better than a credit card charge. People seem to gladly give up all kinds of information about themselves and never think of the potential consequences, which are usually negative.

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rlmcanoe January 11 2014 at 6:44 PM

the only way this would stop is to go back to the days that when you use the debit or credit card, you show a valid license, or something with your picture and name, they should also start to put people pics on the credit cards

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purpledoves69 rlmcanoe January 11 2014 at 6:57 PM

rimcanoe, it has nothing to do with showing ID, it has to do with cyber attacks and people hacking into businesses and probably trying to get into government ones also.

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dickbambam rlmcanoe January 11 2014 at 9:06 PM

I agree with pictures on credit cards but it would not help with cyber charges. Something needs to be done. One more level of identity checking of some sort. Or maybe just go back to cash only and forget plastic. But then the economy would go belly up. SIGH!!!!

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Cheryl January 11 2014 at 6:36 PM

Thanks to Target, I got a letter from my bank Visa debit and credit cards, (I do not own a target card) I did shop those days at target. Now today Neiman's? I had 10 days to call and get cards reissued. SO-it has taken 14 days and no debit or credit cards replacements. This is terribly inconvenient.

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larry Cheryl January 11 2014 at 6:53 PM

Obviously, we now know this can happen to any credit and debit-accepting establishment. Many people are mad at Target and sueing but-----------it can happen to any store. Security changes need to be made in America. We need ID chips embedded in the credit cards and possibly photos on the cards. Oh, but wait-------the Liberals will say "that will be a hardship to the minorities and underpriveledged" just like they claimed for the "voter ID" ??? So what---------maybe they shouldn't have credit cards or "voter priveleges" if they are too lazy to get off the couch and take control of your destiny ! ! !

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Bella January 11 2014 at 6:15 PM

It appears they knew before the holiday season but have chosen to wait so they can get the holiday revenue. Shameful. I will never shop there again.

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plewdawg Bella January 11 2014 at 6:52 PM

Wat ya gonna do when your secured info under the ACA is breached? THEY dont even have to tell you and you have no recourse! Sign up and good luck!

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i31small plewdawg January 11 2014 at 8:09 PM

Is that all you can say? ACA good luck

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Kate January 11 2014 at 5:10 PM

Oh, terrific. Fortunately the only time I go into a Neiman Marcus is if I'm applying for a job-- I wonder how many other companies have been hit? I find it doubtful that if two have discovered this, they are alone.

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BONT64 Kate January 11 2014 at 6:33 PM

I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU KATE ~ ^5

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plewdawg Kate January 11 2014 at 6:53 PM

Could perhaps the ..............ACA be on that list? You may never know. They dont have to tell you AND you have no recourse.

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cprat84378 January 11 2014 at 5:06 PM

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BONT64 cprat84378 January 11 2014 at 6:51 PM

SCIENTIST'S SAY IT'S WARMER THERE THAN HERE ~ LOL...LET'S GO

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Andy January 11 2014 at 4:59 PM

The modern stage coach and train robber, only much, much worse. These criminals when found should be locked up for life, no computer, just breaking big rocks with big hammers. They have the potential of destroying a nations economy.

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iamp22 January 11 2014 at 2:39 PM

Even when hacked and cards are used by someone else we get our stolen money back with most cards.They are insured

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