Hackers Target GameStop
It’s always a horrible feeling when you get word your personal information, including your credit card info, has been compromised. Today, we learned that according to security news outlet Krebs on Security, GameStop has been investigating an alleged security breach on its website. For several months now, a group of hackers have been stealing customers’ credit card and personal information from the retailer’s website. That information in turn has started popping up in on the internet for sale.
Bottom line, if you have purchased anything within the past seven months from GameStop.com, there’s a chance that your credit card information has been compromised.
The retailer issued the following statement to Krebs on Security:
“GameStop recently received notification from a third party that it believed payment card data from cards used on the GameStop.com website was being offered for sale on a website. That day a leading security firm was engaged to investigate these claims. Gamestop has and will continue to work non-stop to address this report and take appropriate measures to eradicate any issue that may be identified.”
GameStop did not make any comment on what kind of information might be at risk, or how long the breaches might have been occurring. Krebs on Security states that two separate sources in the financial industry got in touch with them to report that they had received alerts from a credit card processor stating that Gamestop.com had likely been compromised by intruders between mid-September 2016 and the first week of February 2017.
We recommend you check your bank statements ASAP. If you’ve purchased anything from Gamestop.com between last September and February, you’ll want to look and make sure that there isn’t an unusual activity or strange charges to the card that you used. If there are, contact your bank immediately.
The video game retailer concluded with the following statement:
“We regret any concern this situation may cause for our customers. GameStop would like to remind its customers that it is always advisable to monitor payment card account statements for unauthorized charges. If you identify such a charge, report it immediately to the bank that issued the card because payment card network rules generally state that cardholders are not responsible for unauthorized charges that are timely reported.”