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by: Carol~ October 24, 2012 9:53 AM PDT

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NEWS - October 24, 2012

by Carol~ Moderator - 10/24/12 9:53 AM

Hackers steal data from compromised Barnes & Noble payment terminals

""Sophisticated criminal effort" plants malicious code on devices in 9 states."

Criminal hackers planted malicious code in payment card keypads used at 63 Barnes & Noble stores across the United States and siphoned account data belonging to people who used them, company officials have warned.

The tampering, which first came to light on September 14, was limited to one hacked keypad in 63 stores located in California, New York, and seven other states, according to a press release published on Wednesday morning. The "sophisticated criminal effort" captured payment card and personal identification numbers of people who used the terminals, and some of that data has been used to make unauthorized purchases, according to The New York Times.

The company emphasized that its customer database is secure and that the breach had no effect on purchases made through the Barnes & Noble website. The security of Nook and Nook mobile apps is also unaffected.

Continued : http://arstechnica.com/security/2012/10/hackers-steal-data-from-compromised-barnes-noble-payment-terminals/

Also:
Point-of-Sale Terminals Compromised at 63 Barnes & Noble Locations
More Than 60 Barnes & Noble Stores Suffer Credit Card Breach From Compromised Keypads
Card readers in Barnes & Noble stores hacked by crooks

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