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3 Million Cards Compromised in Michaels Stores Security Breach

The breach also affects transactions made at the store's subsidiary Aaron Brothers.

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By Melinda Carstensen

Michaels Stores Inc. announced Thursday that it identified a security breach at its arts and craft stores affecting 3 million payment cards.

CNN Money reported the breach occurred between May 8, 2013 and Jan. 27, 2014 and applies to about seven percent of card transactions made. The store’s subsidiary Aaron Brothers was hacked, too, with an additional 400,000 cards compromised between June 26, 2013 and Feb. 27, 2014.

While there’s no proof information like customers’ PINs and names were stolen, some credit and debit card numbers and expiration dates were compromised. 

The hacking comes on the heels of similar breaches at Target Corp. in November 2014 and Neiman Marcus Group in January 2014.

Michaels CEO Chuck Rubin assured customers on the company website that they have contained the incident.

“We can assure you the malware no longer presents a threat to customers while shopping at Michaels or Aaron Brothers,” Rubin said.
linda pearl April 19, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Why is this trending again, when this took place last year, basically.... Between getting hit at Target and Micheal's, I had to change my debit card twice in a very short period of time.
Buzz April 20, 2014 at 08:17 AM
Hit by this one, too. And this time my card has already been used for a fraudulent purchase. Rec'd the bill the same day this breach was announced.
Joe Sousa April 20, 2014 at 08:01 PM
The majority is done by employes in the company. Use cash and be free of the fraud.
jpf2361 April 21, 2014 at 08:42 AM
With regard to the Target incident, I had to jump through hoops to change my credit card because someone attempted a balance transfer of $24,000.00 to my account. Someone needs to be held accountable for this.


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