Kmart has been having a rough time. Over the years, the retailer has seen its ups and downs, and late last year we reported the big box retailer closed 68 of its stores across the U.S.
For the second time in the past few years, there has been a new malware-based security breach occurring directly from Kmart’s point-of-sale devices. Banks and credit unions have started getting alerts about stolen credit card account numbers.
Although no personal information was stolen, and it appears the breach has not affected all stores, Kmart’s parent company, Sears Holdings, released a statement announcing how it would respond to the breach.
It said, “Given the criminal nature of this attack, Kmart is working closely with federal law enforcement authorities, our banking partners, and IT security firms in this ongoing investigation. We are actively enhancing our defenses in light of this new form of malware. Data security is of critical importance to our company, and we continuously review and improve the safeguards that protect our data in response to changing technology and new threats.”