Barnes & Noble Security Breach Exposed Customer Info, But Not Credit Card Numbers

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An October 10 attack gave hackers “unauthorized and illegal” access to Barnes & Noble’s company data, according to an email sent to corporate customers. Barnes & Noble believes customer data was exposed (but not necessarily disclosed) in the attack. Credit card numbers have not been exposed, thanks to a layer of encryption.

In its email, Barnes & Noble suggests that the cybersecurity attack targeted in-store and online retail systems. Customer transaction history was potentially exposed, along with shipping addresses, emails, billing addresses, and phone numbers. The hack also affected Barnes & Noble’s Nook digital storefront and caused the store’s computers to hesitate while processing orders, the company confirms in its email.

Credit card numbers, usernames, and passwords were not exposed during the data breach. Still, bad actors can do a lot of damage with just your billing address, email, and other information exposed in this breach. Hackers often sell this information on the black market because it can contribute to complete “profiles” that include everything you need to steal an identity.

Bares & Noble says customers may receive spam emails if their information has been exposed or disclosed. As always, you should keep an eye on your bank accounts and regularly check for any changes to your credit report (you can check it for free on your phone).

Source: Barnes & Noble via Business intern

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