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LaCie Informs Patrons about Year-Long Security Breach

Bankinfosecurity.com reported on 15th April, 2014 stating that LaCie, a retailer of computer hardware is informing its clients about a website security breach involving payment card information which went on for almost 12 months.

A statement issued by LaCie recently highlighted that on 19th March, 2014, it was notified by the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) about malware usage by an unofficial person to gain access to customer transactions that were made through its website (LaCie).

LaCie observes that transactions made between 27th March, 2013 and 10th March, 2014 was affected during which information related to names, addresses, email addresses, payment card numbers with expiry dates of customers were hijacked. The company also claims that user names and passwords of LaCie website may have been accessed owing to which password reset was necessary.

Scmagazineuk.com published news on 15th April, 2014 quoting LaCie as saying that as a precautionary measure, LaCie had momentarily disabled its e-commerce part as it steps up to change to a provider that specializes in providing secure payment processing services.

However, the website assured that it would resume its services of accepting online orders once its transition process was complete.

Philippe Spruch, Chairman of the Board and GM , LaCie said that the company is hiring a leading forensic investigation firm to conduct a thorough probe and implement further security measures, as reported by Esecurityplanet.com on 14th April, 2014.

Lacie.com regretted for the inconvenience caused, adding that the company's top priority was to keep its customer data safe.

If however, customers have any queries, they may call Lacie on its helpline numbers from Monday to Friday, Lacie.com added.

LaCie also advised all customers to review their financial statements and credit reports carefully for any unauthorized activity.

The disturbing incident of LaCie suffering a security breach comes a few days after Pew Research, an American think tank, Washington, D.C, revealed in its report that one in five online US adults (18%) have had their "important personal information stolen" like SSNs, bank account information or credit card. This finding highlights a 63% surge from the same study released by the company in July 2013.

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