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Forever 21 a victim of credit card theft


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September 17, 2008

Since 2004, it is reported that close to 100,000 credit cards used by customers shopping at Forever 21 stores could have been stolen by people linked to the heist of about 45.7 million credit cards from customers of stores owned by TJX Companies.

On September 12, the company issued a statement on its site that said it learned of the theft from law enforcement officials as early as August 4.

The actual theft took place on nine specific dates from March 2004 to August 2007 as part of some crimes alleged in an August 5 indictment charging eleven individuals of engaging in wholesale credit card theft against stores owned by TJX and others.

The compromised data included credit card numbers, security codes and expiration dates in addition to other related information that Forever 21 didn't even disclose as of yet.

Forever 21 offered no details about how its system was breached, but based on the indictment, a safe bet is through weak wireless security mechanisms used at various retail store locations. This isn't the first time a similar breach is discovered. Some wireless Internet routers are notorious for offering weak if not non-existant security.

Officials at Forever 21 have made it impossible to link to the statement. The only way to read it is to visit the home page and click on the "important customer notice" link at the bottom.

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Source: Tech Blog.


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