US coffee store chain Caribou Coffee announced a security breach today after it discovered unauthorized access of its point of sale (POS) systems.
Almost 40 percent of the coffee company’s POS systems were affected during the breach.
The company said that 239 stores of its total 603 locations were affected, which roughly means that 40 percent of all its locations are unsafe for card payments.
Cybersecurity researchers say that all customers who used a credit or debit card at one of the affected stores between August 28, 2018, and December 3, 2018, must consider their card details compromised and must take precautions like asking for a card replacement, reviewing credit card reports, and enrolling in identity protection programs.
Any Caribou customer can consult the list of impacted stores via the company’s data breach notice, posted on its homepage.
Caribou Coffee officials said they detected that something was wrong last month, on November 28, when its IT staff was alerted of “unusual activity” on its network via its security monitoring processes.
Now the company is working with cybersecurity experts to investigate the data breach. Until now Caribou Coffee said that the experts discovered unauthorized access of the company’s POS system. Meaning that the names, card numbers, expiration dates, and card security codes have been exposed and collected by hackers.
Remember everything can be hacked. In order to stay away from any threats related to the cyber world, we recommend the install of antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac on every device that you own, depending on which OS your device is running. If you are a company, it is also recommended to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network. These tests include penetration testing and ethical hacking tests;
Good news is that the card payments made through the company’s website were not affected, as this payment system is separate from in-store POS systems.
At this time, Caribou Coffee is confident that the breach has been contained. The company is also in regular communication with the credit card companies and will provide them with the information necessary to notify the banks that may have issued the affected payment cards.
The FBI has also entered the case and the suspects will be soon apprehended.
Keep in mind that our modern society is dependent on computers, mobile devices, and the use of the internet always stay safe and secured.
We would continue to monitor the cybersecurity world. Meanwhile, users should keep a keen eye out for any cyber attacks. Remember to use an antivirus for Windows or antivirus for Mac in every device that you own, depending on which OS your machine is running, If you are a company we recommend to hire every year a specialized cybersecurity company that will run annual tests on your company’s network, tests like this include: penetration testing and ethical hacking.