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McClatchy-Tribune  09/03/2014 4:08 PM ET
In Goodwill data breach, no Upper Midwest stores hit [Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. :: ]

Sept. 03--Goodwill Industries said that none of its 44 Minnesota stores, nor any in the Upper Midwest, appear to have been involved in a 18-month-long data breach at some of its stores.

Goodwill Industries said that none of its 44 Minnesota stores, nor any in the Upper Midwest, appear to have been involved in a 18-month-long data breach at some of its stores.

Goodwill estimates that about 10 percent of its stores nationwide were affected. It appears that cyberthieves placed malware on a vendor's computer systems, which processed credit card payments. Card numbers, expiration dates and customers' names all were stolen, Goodwill said.

"The malware attack affected the third-party vendor's system intermittently between Feb. 10, 2013 and Aug. 14, 2014," Goodwill said in a statement. "Some stores experienced shorter periods of impact."

Goodwill is only one of a flurry of U.S. retailers hit by recent cyberattacks. The Department of Homeland Security warned last month that more than 1,000 U.S. businesses have been hit by cyberthieves targeting its in-store cash register systems.

Some of those cyberattacks appear to have affected Minnesota consumers, while others apparently have not.

--Dairy Queen International, based in Edina, said that "a small portion of our 4,500 U.S. stores" were affected by a cyberattack. The company has not yet disclosed the possible breach dates, nor whether Minnesota outlets were specifically affected.

"The stores are not geographically clustered," Dairy Queen said in a statement.

--Supervalu said earlier that Cub Foods shoppers were potentially at risk in its data breach. The Eden Prairie-based grocer said that malware was discovered on its card-payment system, but said it's still unclear whether card data was actually stolen.

"We're still investigating this with the help of authorities and third-party forensics experts," spokesman Luke Friedrich said Tuesday in a statement.

--Home Depot, the latest retailer to disclose a possible data breach, posted a statement Wednesday that "We're looking into some unusual activity that might indicate a possible payment data breach and we're working with our banking partners and law enforcement to investigate."

Tech blogger Brian Krebs, a former Washington Post reporter who broke the news of Target's breach, wrote Tuesday, "Preliminary analysis indicates the breach may extend across all 2,200 Home Depot stores in the United States."

Home Depot's website lists 32 stores in Minnesota.

Tom Webb can be reached at 651-228-5428. Follow him at twitter.com/TomWebbMN

 

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