GameStop Corp. said that they are investigating reports that the hackers may have stolen credit card and customer data from their website gamestop.com.
“GameStop recently received notification from a third party that it believed payment card data from cards used on the GameStop.com website was being offered for sale on a website,” a company spokesman wrote in response to questions from this author.
“That day a leading security firm was engaged to investigate these claims. Gamestop has and will continue to work non-stop to address this report and take appropriate measures to eradicate any issue that may be identified,” the company’s statement continued.
Two sources from financial industries said that they have received alerts from a credit card processor saying that the Gamestop.com was likely to be compromised by the carders between mid-September 2016 and the first week of February 2017.
Those same sources said the data that the carders stole include customer card number, address and card verification value (CVV2)expiration date, name, usually a 3-digit security code which is printed on the backside of the credit cards.
Online dealers don’t have the right to store CVV2 codes, The online hackers can compromise the codes by placing harmful software on a company’s site so, that the data is copied and recorded by the intruders before its encrypted and sent to be processed.
GameStop hasn’t said anything related to the possible breach, or what types of customer data might be impacted.GameStop made more than $8.6 billion revenue last year, although it’s unclear how much of that came through the company’s Web site.GameStop controls more than 7,000 retail stores through the Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Europe.There is currently no evidence that the company’s retail store locations may have been affected.According to the report from Alexa.com, Gamestop.com is the 269th most popular Web Site in the United States.
“We regret any concern this situation may cause for our customers,” Game Stop said in its statement. “GameStop would like to remind its customers that it is always advisable to monitor payment card account statements for unauthorized charges. If you identify such a charge, report it immediately to the bank that issued the card because payment card network rules generally state that cardholders are not responsible for unauthorized charges that are timely reported.”
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