At least 15 separate security breaches occurred at retailers from January 2017 until now. Many of them were caused by flaws in payment systems either online or in stores.
Data breaches are on the rise for both retailers and other businesses.
A recent report by cybersecurity firm Shape Security showed that 80% to 90% of the people that log into a retailer’s e-commerce site are hackers using stolen data. This is the highest percentage of any sector.
These data breaches are a real danger for both companies and customers and can affect the trust shoppers have in brands.
According to a study by KPMG, 19% of consumers would completely stop shopping at a retailer after a breach and 33% would take a break from shopping there for an extended period.
Consumers’ credit/debit card data has been hacked at Adidas, Macy’s, Sears, Kmart, Delta Airlines, Best Buy, Saks Fifth Avenue, Lord & Taylor, Under Armour’s MyFitness Pal app, Panera Bread, Forever 21, Sonic, Whole Foods, Gamestop and Arby’s.
Adidas has stated that only customers in the United States have been impacted. Go figure! They know Americans and they know that nothing is going to stop them from passing that plastic card across the counter. According to the company, you guys in Europe are okay, but I would check just to be sure.
Macy’s says that between April 26 and June 12, your personal information and credit card details have been exposed to a third party. Who that third party is, they can’t or won’t say. But not to worry. You will just assume that they will correct the problem in time for Black Friday and back inside Macy’s with your credit card, you will go. No worries.
Sears says that a “security incident” happened with an online support partner and that 100,000 of you have had your credit card information stolen. Who stole it? They don’t know. But online shopping is SO convenient, no one is going to stop doing it. Just ask Amazon’s CEO, Jeff Bezos. Thanks to billions of shoppers shopping online at Amazon, Bezos’ employees are pissing in containers because they cannot leave the warehouse floor to use the restroom because your hacked online order has to be delivered to you before the hackers can max out your credit cards and drain your bank accounts. But Bezos wants you to know that it would be prudent for you to wash your hands after touching their merchandise, it may still have traces of a worker’s piss on it.
Kmart was also affected by the Sears hack and then was hacked again in a separate incident. They are indeed, going for broke and taking you along with them. “Identity theft,” anyone?
Delta Airlines wants you to “Fly the friendly skies” AFTER your personal information and credit card information has been hacked by the same entity that hacked Sears and Kmart. Sit back, relax in extreme discomfort in your little seat with no leg room while your neighbor behind you kicks your seat while back on the ground, your credit card’s getting hacked.
Best Buy was affected by the same hackers who targeted Sears, Kmart and Delta Airlines, but they also want you to know that “only a small fraction” of their customers need worry. Which of you need worry? I don’t know and neither does Best Buy and so you ALL should worry.
Saks Fifth Avenue wants you to know that a data breach compromised your credit/debit information and that it probably affected millions of you. But not to worry. If you can shop at Saks Fifth Avenue, then what’s a few thousand stolen from you? And according to Saks Fifth Avenue, only ‘in-store’ sales were affected.
Lord & Taylor, for all you rich folks out there, wants you to know that their customers were affected by the same breach as Saks Fifth Avenue and that is all they want you to know. You can speculate on your own time as to whether it was 10 customers or 1 million customers. You figure it out, but please continue to shop there, by all means. The Black Friday sales are sure to get you hacked, but it will be all for a good cause, after having given thanks on Thanksgiving Day, the day after calls for a ‘thankful’ hacked shopping experience.
Under Armour’s MyFitness Pal app wants you to know that while you were out there getting into shape, sweating to the beat of some great music, your names, emails and encrypted passwords were hacked and more than likely it was over 150 million of you who were impacted by this breach. I suggest you ‘sweat’ to the beat without their app. It might save you from another bout of ‘identity theft’. Fit and hacked is not a good combination.
Panera Bread wants you to know that if you placed an online order on or about April 2nd of this year, your personal data has been compromised by a breach. But they certainly hope that you enjoyed your meal. Please feel free to place another online order and get hacked again because their product is SO worth it!
Forever 21 wants you to know that from March to October 2017, your personal information as well as your credit card numbers, expiration dates and internal verification codes were released to hackers who are most thankful that Forever 21 is acting like it is Forever 5 and not protecting its customers’ personal information and credit card information. Forever 21 plans to change its name to Forever 5 in the near future so as to not have to assume responsibility for its actions of allowing hackers to access its customers’ information. Enjoy your shopping experience and thank you for understanding that hacking of your information will continue. However, our Black Friday Madness sale, just cannot be missed and they know you won’t. “Come back now, ya heuh?”
Sonic wants you to know that over 5 million of their customers’ credit card information has been stolen and they are very upset about that, but not to the point to offer you a free hot dog while you are still getting hacked. Please, no cash. That cannot be hacked. Sonic prefers that you use credit/debit cards; the better to continue to get hacked, suckers!
Whole Foods, now owned by AMAZON, also known as AMAZING wants you to know that it has “recently received information regarding unauthorized access of payment card information” and that this was caused by some sort of flaw, but not to worry, it is sure to happen only a few more times. Meanwhile, enjoy your Whole Foods-Amazon-Amazing experience while getting hacked and they appreciate your business. Oh, and no returns! You will be banned, if you return the product! Tsk! Tsk!
Gamestop confirmed a data breach in April of last year for customers who shopped online. Names, addresses and credit card information were all affected but please, keep playing video games. They will be a welcome distraction from your identity theft issues. Just play all day until the power company turns the lights out because a hacker has emptied your bank account and maxed out your credit cards. Then go to Gamestop and plug your video game into one of their sockets and when they call the cops on you, see if the jail will allow you to use one of their computers to tell us how much sympathy you received from the folks at Gamestop. Happy playing! And no, Gamestop will not bail you out of jail. Don’t even think it! It’s all a game to them!
Arby’s wants you to know that in addition to them having “The Meats,” they also had a data breach last year that affected over 355,000 credit/debit card users thanks to malware which allowed hackers unauthorized access to your credit/debit card information. Arby’s would also like to say that for those customers who used cash to pay for their “mush between buns,” you were NOT affected. But next time, please pay with a credit/debit card so that they can increase the number of customers who are affected by data breaches because stores are now vying for a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records for the company with the most data breaches in one year. It is going to be a tight race to the top, folks! I am going to get some popcorn and a tall flute of ice cold champagne and watch this ‘Olympic’ style race. You betcha!
Also, a note of interest here, Kroger Foods and VISA are locked in a fierce battle!
Kroger will stop accepting Visa cards at some of its locations later this month – the latest salvo in an escalating war between the nation’s biggest grocery store chain and the biggest credit card company.
The ban on Visa comes in a battle between the supermarket chain and the credit card company over the “swipe” fees Kroger pays the company to allow credit card purchases. Bloomberg reports Kroger pays about $90 billion in credit card processing fees each year.
The Visa ban might expand beyond the Foods Co. stores and into other stores under the parent company if it doesn’t reach a deal with Visa.
WOW! I did NOT see that coming! Kroger just might not accept your Visa credit/debit cards if Visa doesn’t get with the program that Kroger is in business to make money as well. Who does Visa think they are, making billions off Kroger in CREDIT CARD PROCESSING FEES EACH YEAR? $90 billion is nothing to sneeze at. For god’s sake, Visa has been putting the squeeze on Kroger for too long and damn it, that stops now!
I am going to recommend to Kroger, some Mafia hit men that I know who could possibly set things right. They’ll fix those folks over at Visa who think they should be top dog and rake in the dough while leaving Kroger in the dust.
Kroger, you go with your bad self! I am behind you one hundred and fifty percent because I PAY WITH CASH!
So, there you have it folks! Clash of cards vs cash! If you think for one second that those stores listed are the ONLY stores impacted, put down whatever it is you are smoking, clear your head and get real! You have only yourselves to blame because you pick up whatever is put down in front of you without ever thinking about what could happen. You willingly gave up cash for the ‘convenience’ of that credit/debit card and now that we are ALL FICO scores and credit reports, thanks to the stores we shop at not being able to protect credit/debit card information, millions of people are at risk for false information on their credit reports and identity theft. And don’t kid yourself into thinking that it is easy to clear up false information on your credit report. You can do some research and find people who are still reeling from identity theft even after having called in attorneys to help them.
Meanwhile, continue to pass that plastic over and you will continue to get hacked both in-store and online because you refuse to learn and apparently being stupid is a goal that many of you have obtained with relish. No one told you that a stupid fool and his/her money are soon parted? Well, now you know!