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Canadian stores affected by Saks Fifth Avenue data breach

It seems like every week now we hear about another store falling victim to a data breach. And well, the next to report a breach is Saks Fifth Avenue. Yesterday CBC News reported that Hudson's Bay Co. customer payment card information were involved in a "data security issue" at specific Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks OFF 5th and Lord & Taylor stores in North America.

And, while Hudson’s Bay Co. has put out little information since Sunday regarding the breach, New York-based security firm Gemini Advisory LLC made a statement saying that the information was stolen from 83 Saks Fifth Avenue or Saks Off Fifth stores, and from all locations of Lord & Taylor, a U.S. department store chain owned by HBC.

The firm also found that three Canadian Saks locations, all in Ontario, were exposed to the breach. Including:

  • Sherway Gardens in Toronto
  • Bramalea City Centre in Brampton
  • Pickering Town Centre

Gemini went on to report that the breach included the information of roughly 125,000 customer cards dating from as early as March 2017 and as late as March 2018. And that around 75% of the credit and debit cards appear to have been taken from HBC-owned retailers. The firm noticed the beach after a spike in stolen card sales traffic.

"On March 28, we saw a significant spike of stolen credit cards offered for sale on one of the marketplaces," Gemini chief technology officer Dmitry Chorine said. "When we checked, we saw there was an advertisement stating that more than five million credit and debit cards will be offered for sale, and that's when we decided to research this particular breach.

Following the announcement of the breach, HBC stressed that customers affected by the breach would not be liable for any purchases made to their accounts. Additionally, HBC will be extending fraud protection to those with compromised cards.