GameStop: May Have Just Lost Your Credit Card Info
A recent report has told us that GameStop, one of your local retail gaming giants, might have made a blunder where your credit card information is concerned. That’s right, the company has acknowledged to Brian Krebs, a journalist specializing in computer security, that they might have been hacked recently.
Apparently a Texas based company called ‘The Grapevine’ has been informed that their is a black market website where individuals can purchase up credit card data. This is data that has been hijacked from the GameStop website.
Once GameStop had been informed of the issue, they admitted to Brian Krebs that “a leading security firm was engaged to investigate these claims”. They company went on to clarify that it “will continue to work non-stop to address this report and take appropriate measures to eradicate any issue that may be identified.” That said, if you’ve had your credit card information stored with GameStop, maybe it pay to check out if any unauthorized purchases are being made, or cancelling your old one.
Krebs went on to state that, according to two unnamed sources, the attacks likely occurred back in September 2016, and again in February. Not only we’re credit card numbers compromised, but also card verification value numbers, expiration dates, names, and addresses of card holders. Essentially, everything you need to get a purchase going.
According to Krebs, and most online purchasing websites, credit card verification numbers aren’t meant to be stored online. The fact that it was likely stolen leads him to believe that these hackers likely left some type of malware on the site to copy the data as it was written in.
In the end, we are still unsure as to whether this report has any validity and GameStop is advising customers to monitor their account statements while they investigate the possible breach.
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