Security breach: GameStop credit card information
Last updated: 7.31pm, Monday 19th November 2018
GameStop is an American video game, consumer electronics and wireless services retailer. The company is based in Grapevine, Texas and operates 7,117 retail stores throughout the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. It was founded in 1984 under the name Babbage’s and has gone under 3 different names since then before becoming GameStop in 2004.
However, recently the game-seller has confirmed that there has been a major security breach resulting in many online customers having their credit card details stolen. The investigation into a possible security breach started back in April, with hackers stealing not only the expiry date and card number but the 3 digit security code too.
In letters sent out to customers, the company stated that any online customers who had used the site between 10th August 2016 and 9th February 2017 are at risk. If you bought anything from the online retailer between these dates, you were advised to double/triple check your bank accounts for any malicious activity.
Research into the security breach also found that the violation included theft of personal information, such as customer’s names and address. This means that not only the bank information could have been stolen, but there is also the possibility of victims having their identities stolen.
According to Engadget, the UK’s premier source for technology, gaming and entertainment news, this type of security breach suggests that a key-logger has been installed onto the GameStop site. This means that the people responsible for the breach were receiving personal data as it was being entered, rather than the data being pilfered directly from a company database.
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