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Easton-Bell Sports Inc. Becomes Latest Victim of Breach of Data

Cnbc.com published news on 21st January, 2014 stating that Easton-Bell Sports, maker of sports equipment and clothing based at California, recently disclosed that hackers stole information of around 6,000 customers who shopped on its website in December 2013 which makes it another American retailer to suffer data breach.

The stolen information might have included names, addresses, credit card number of customers and three or four digit security codes on the back of cards. The company elaborated through an official statement that data was stolen from customers who shopped Easton-Bell's online store between 1st Dec and 31st Dec, 2013.

The data was stolen through malicious software which was found on servers used by the vendors of the company and the maker of sports equipment (referring to Easton-Bell) says that it learned about the unfortunate intrusion on 9th January, 2014.

However, the affected servers were shut down and malware was removed and servers were rebuilt.

A forensic specialist investigated and the vendor is taking additional measures to avoid similar incident in future.

According to a statement published by scmagazine.com on 21st January, 2014, Terry Lee, CEO of Easton-Bell Sports, while commenting on the regrettable data breach said "Although our investigation has not found that your information has been misused but we treat this matter with utmost seriousness."

Impacted individuals are being notified and offered free protection services against theft of identity for 12 to 24 months.

It is alarming that Easton-Bell Sports is the latest American online stores which have been attacked by cybercriminals and it has suffered a major cyber attack.

Retailer Target disclosed the theft of some 40 million Payment card numbers and personal data of 70 million customers in a cyber attack which occurred during the holidays in December 2013. Target was reportedly infected by a malware known as BlackPOS and upscale retailer Neiman Marcus was also the victim of a cyber attack in January 2014. However, Reuters cited anonymous sources in reporting that at least three well-known "national retailers" have been attacked.

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