Neiman Marcus struck by hackers

Neiman Marcus struck by hackers Saying that he upscale store was informed in mid-December of a possible breach, Neiman Marcus says it may be the latest retailer to be struck by hackers.

The luxury retailer said in a statement "On January 1, the forensics firm discovered evidence that the company was the victim of a criminal cyber-security intrusion and that some customers' cards were possibly compromised as a result."

Neiman Marcus confirmed that it is working with the U. S.  Secret Service to investigate the possible theft of customer credit card information.

The confirmation came after security blogger Brian Krebs at KrebsOnSecurity. com (See Related Story) reported the possible data breach.

According to spokesperson Ginger Reed, Neiman Marcus was informed by their merchant processor in mid-December of potentially unauthorized payment card activity that took place following customer purchases at Neiman Marcus Group stores.

"We informed federal law enforcement agencies and are working actively with the U. S.  Secret Service, the payment brands, our merchant processor, a leading investigations, intelligence and risk management firm, and a leading forensics firm to investigate the situation.  On January 1st, the forensics firm discovered evidence that the company was the victim of a criminal cyber-security intrusion and that some customers' cards were possibly compromised as a result.  We have begun to contain the intrusion and have taken significant steps to further enhance information security." He said.

Reed said, "The security of our customers' information is always a priority and we sincerely regret any inconvenience."

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