9,000 customers may have had card details stolen, says Sourcebooks

A publisher based in Illinois has found that a security vulnerability in its shopping card software allowed hackers to access the personal information and card details of thousands of customers.

5,204 customers were directly affected by the attack, which took place between April 16th and June 19th this year, but 9,000 people have been warned about the breach as a security measure. The stolen information includes names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, account passwords and payment card information, including cardholder names, card numbers, expiration dates, and card verification values.

The breach was brought to Sourcebooks’ attention by Visa, which discovered that a number of fraudulent charges had been reported on the site.

To prevent this from happening again, the company has put in place new security measures that bring it in line with Payment Card Industry data security standards. It has also said that internal processes were be changed to make sure that future issues can be identified quickly.

Sourcebooks is far from the only company to suffer a high profile cyber attack in recent months. US chain Dairy Queen recently fell victim to mPOS malware used by hackers to steal card information between the card being swiped and the data being encrypted, while JP Morgan revealed in August that it had suffered one of the largest cybersecurity breaches in history.

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