Michaels confirms breach of millions of cards

By: Associated Press and KAKE.com Email
By: Associated Press and KAKE.com Email

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WICHITA, Kan. - Michaels Stores Inc. says Thursday that about 2.6 million cards used at its namesake stores may have been affected in a security breach but it has received "limited" reports of fraud.

"I'm concerned, I'll check, but I haven't noticed anything," said Wichita shopper Brenda Duerksen.

The nation's largest arts and crafts chain, based in Irving, Texas, says that its subsidiary Aaron Brothers was also attacked. The company said that both stores were attacked by criminals using highly sophisticated malware that had not been encountered previously by the two security firms that were conducting the investigation.

"I deal mostly in cash, but for those that use credit cards and that sort of thing of course it is a concern," said Wichita shopper Allie Ekeler. "It's never good news to hear that your credit is maybe in danger."

The details come nearly three months after Michaels disclosed that it may have been a victim of a data breach.

Michaels has two Wichita locations. A breakdown released by the company indicates both stores were open for possible fraud between May and July 2013.

A massive security breach at Target Corp. that affected 40 million cards has many shoppers worried about the safety of their personal data.

"I think it's unfortunate, but I think it's something that's going on in many companies," Ekeler said. "Target's another one that we hear about all the time in the news, and so I wish there were easier things they could do to keep track of when they have credit breaches."

The store is offering free identity protection and credit monitoring services for 12 months to those who are impacted by the breach. For more details, there is a link available below.

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