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America’s Thrift Store Announces of Cyber Attack Laced with Malware

al.com reported on 12th October, 2015, quoting an announcement by the company as cyber attacks used malware to obtain personal information of shoppers at America's Thrift Store.

America's Thrift Stores founded in 1984 has it's headquarter at Birmingham, Ala., with stores at Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississipi along with 12 locations in Alabama.

The company issued a press statement saying that it recently became a data security breach victim which happened through software employed by a 3rd party service provider.

America's Thrift Stores issued a statement reading: "This breach allowed cyber crooks from Eastern Europe to access illegally to some payment card numbers and this computer virus or malware is one of the many maligning retailers across North America. The U.S. Secret Service reports that only card numbers and expiry dates were embezzled. They do not think that any names, addresses or email addresses, phone numbers of customers were compromised".

According to the company, the breach might have affected credit and debit card transactions between 1st September and 27th September, 2015.

The company said that after learning about the breach, it started to work with an autonomous external forensic specialist and the U.S. Secret Service to scrutinize the breach and eliminate the malware that led to the breach.

America's Thrift Stores advised customers, who fear that their data might have been compromised, to contact their card issuer or bank immediately and report about any suspicious activity as soon as it is discovered.

Njeffersonnews.com published news on 12th October, 2015, quoting Ken Sobaski, Chief Executive Officer of the Company, as saying that this was a very grave attack on our patrons and stores and we apologize to our patrons for any inconvenience caused. Data breaches are happening very often these days and so we request all shoppers, whether at our stores or others, to verify their debit and credit card statements each month for any phony charges. You should report to your bank and credit card issuers immediately about any suspicious activity.

If a customer has any questions, America's Thrift Stores has requested him/her to call their customer service helpline number at 1-866-837-2071.

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