The retail world is still feeling the aftershocks that rumbled through the industry after Target revealed it was hit in a hack attack that exposed credit card info and personal data of up to 110 million customers. As such, inside sources are whispering that Sears is the focus of a new probe from the U.S. Secret Service to see whether it was the victim of a possible security breach.
Bloomberg News cites a person familiar with the investigation who says the Secret Service is looking into things at Sears, but didn’t explain any other details like how big the breach might be, if it exists, or when it might’ve happened.
Sears is staying relatively mum as well, admitting that it’s got the same concerns everyone else does after the Target attack, but stopping short of confirming a particular incident at the company.
“There have been rumors and reports throughout the retail industry of security incidents at various retailers, and we are actively reviewing our systems to determine if we have been a victim of a breach,” said Howard Riefs, a Sears spokesman. “We have found no information based on our review of our systems to date indicating a breach.”
So basically, they’re not sure anything has happened, but they’re also not sure something hasn’t happened.
Meanwhile, the Secret Service is continuing to investigate the hack attacks on Target and Neiman Marcus, which put the credit card data of millions of consumers at risk at the end of 2013.
Sears, Secret Service Said to Probe Possible Data Breach [Bloomberg News]