Vera Bradley Is The Latest Retailer To Have Payment Systems Hacked

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If you bought a colorful, pattern-heavy bag, purse, or other accessory from Vera Bradley this past summer be warned: the retailer says it is the latest company to be hit by a payment system breach.

Vera Bradley announced this morning that, between July 25 and Sept. 23, hackers gained access to the payment systems in its 112 stores and 44 outlets.

The breach was first discovered on Sept. 15, the company says, when they were notified by police of a “potential data security issue” with the retailer’s store network.

After learning of the breach, Vera Bradley says it notified payment card networks and launched an investigation into the hack.

The probe found unauthorized access to Vera Bradley’s payment processing system and the installation of a program that looked for payment card data. The program was specifically designed to find data in the magnetic strip on a payment card that may contain the card number, cardholder name, expiration date, and internal verification code – as the data was being routed through the affected payment systems.

There is no indication that other customer information was at risk, the company said in a statement, noting that not all cards used during the timeframe and those used on were not affected.

“Vera Bradley has stopped this incident, and we continue to work with the computer security firm to further strengthen the security of our systems to help prevent this from happening again,” the company said, adding that customers should review their payment card statements for any unauthorized activity.

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