Stupid criminals steal old credit card information from Forever21

Another retailer announces a major data security breach... Forever21 has announced that nearly 100,000 credit and debit card numbers were illegally accessed by hackers. Customers who shopped at Forever21 on nine specific days in 2004 and 2007 may be victims. I doubt any of you have your receipts from then, but here are the dates:

  • March 25, 2004

  • March 26, 2004

  • June 23, 2004

  • July 2, 2004

  • July 3, 2004

  • August 4, 2007

  • August 5, 2007

  • August 13, 2007

  • August 14, 2007


Also: The Fresno Cali store between November 26, 2003 and October 24, 2005.

I'm already questioning the intelligence of the hackers. They had the smarts to get around the security measures and get into the system. Yet they steal data that is several years old? Sounds like an awfully stupid criminal move to me.

One positive bit of news related to this data theft is that three people have been indicted based upon this scam, which included 11 other retailers. Forever 21 says that after having forensic consultants examine their records, they determined that over half of the compromised card numbers are no longer active or the cards have expired.