Security & Fraud

Acer Hack Compromises Card Data Of 34.5K Customers

Computer manufacturer Acer announced that hackers may have stolen the payment credentials of thousands of its customers.

To be more specific, it could be somewhere in the range of 34,500 customers across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, according to a letter from the company. The company notes that the credentials may have been breached by a third party between the dates of May 12, 2015 and April 28, 2016.

The company noted that the breach has been reported to its credit card processor along with federal law enforcement officials. The payment data of customers who used credit cards to purchase computers on Acer’s website may have been exposed, the company warned. Acer further noted that passwords, login credentials and Social Security numbers were not impacted by the breach.

“Based on our records, we have determined that your information may have been affected, potentially including your name, address, card number, expiration date, and three-digit security codes. We do not collect Social Security numbers, and we have not identified evidence indicating that password or login credentials were affected,” the company wrote in its letter.

The company also included the following warning for consumers: “If you suspect that you are a victim of identity theft or fraud, you have the right to file a police report. In addition, you may contact your State Attorney General’s office or the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to learn about steps you can take to protect yourself against identity theft.”


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