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Forever 21 Discloses Data Breach

Posted 29 Dec 2017 | Comments Off on Forever 21 Discloses Data Breach | 242 views

Just a few days after Christmas, Forever 21 is reporting a data breach for its in-store point of sale (POS) systems.  After investigating a report of unauthorized credit card charges, the retailer found evidence of unauthorized network access and malware installations.  The investigators found that encryption had been disabled on some of the POS systems allowing the hackers to export the clear text transaction data. This occurred between April 3, 2017 and November 17, 2017.  Sales on the retailers online presence at www.forever21.com were not impacted.

Forever 21 has not disclosed whether the initial unauthorized access was due to human error or software flaw. The retailer has re-enabled the encryption on their POS systems. Forever 21 is recommending that buyers monitor their credit card statements for unauthorized charges.  The retailer’s announcement does not mention credit monitoring or any other remedy for buyers impacted by this data breach.

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