Dairy Queen and Kmart se­cu­rity breached


Both Dairy Queen and Kmart are the lat­est stores to be plagued with com­puter se­cu­rity breaches. Dairy Queen said that its pay­ment sys­tems were breached by hack­ers who may have gained ac­cess to cus­tomer names, credit and debit card num­bers and ex­pi­ra­tion dates. The ice cream and fast food chain says 395 of its stores around the coun­try were af­fected. The data breach hap­pened be­tween Au­gust and Septem­ber.

Dairy Queen says it worked with law en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties and credit card com­pa­nies to in­ves­ti­gate the breach. It says there’s no ev­i­dence So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers, per­sonal iden­ti­fi­ca­tion num­bers or e-mail ad­dresses were ac­cessed. The Ed­ina, Min­nesotabased company, is of­fer­ing cus­tomers free iden­tity re­pair ser­vices.

Re­tailer Sears Hold­ings Corp said the pay­ment data sys­tem at its Kmart unit had been breached, and that cer­tain debit and credit card num­bers could have been com­pro­mised.

The data hack­ing at Kmart dis­count stores comes after a slew of data breaches at US com­pa­nies over the last two years.

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