Goodwill The Latest Data Breach Target

According to Internet security blogger Brian Krebs, the latest hacking victim has been discovered, and it seems to be Goodwill.

Financial institutions nationwide are now reporting a highly suspicious pattern wherein multiple Goodwill Industries locations have been identified as a likely breach point for an unknown number of credit and debit cards.

Goodwill was first alerted to the potential data breach last Friday, and is now working with the U.S. Secret Service to further investigate the matter.

“Investigators are currently reviewing available information,” a statement issued to Krebs on Security noted.. “At this point, no breach has been confirmed but an investigation is underway. Goodwills across the country take the data of consumers seriously and their community well-being is our number one concern. Goodwill Industries International is working with industry contacts and the federal authorities on the investigation. We will remain appraised of the situation and will work proactively with any individual local Goodwill involved taking appropriate actions if a data compromise is uncovered.”

According to Krebs’ sources in the financial industry,  how many cards were compromised and what the duration of the breach was remains unknown.  What does seem apparent is that the data was lifted from Goodwill Store locations, but was used at venues like big box retailers and supermarket chains. This is consistent with the pattern established by other data previously reported at Michaels, Neiman Marcus and P.F. Changs.

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