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Barnes and Noble Credit Card PIN Pads Hacked

Barnes and Noble Pin Pads Hacked

Barnes & Noble has been a very popular place for book lovers over the years, and even a place to indulge in relaxation as you read a book, sip on some Starbucks coffee or take care of some business on your laptop. Unfortunately, the “Hackers” hacking PIN pads at these stores, may have turned that enjoyable feeling into a feeling of skepticism and worry. Barnes & Noble stores in states including; California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island have reportedly been hit according to Yahoo.Barnes and Noble CC Hacked

There were 63 stores total among the nine states mentioned that PIN Pads were tampered with, the company said on Tuesday Oct. 23 that they do not know how many customers credit or debit cards were tampered with. The company went on to mention that customers at those locations should check for unauthorized transactions and to also change their personal identification numbers on their cards.

Barnes and Noble Hacked

There is a little bright note though; the customers that purchased items on the company website, the branded tablets, and phone applications were not affected by the hackers. The company issued a statement after dealing with the issue;

“We are working with banks, payment card brands and issuers to identify accounts that may have been compromised,” Barnes & Noble spokesman said.  “We felt we needed to do this so banks and issuers can employ enhanced fraud security measures on potentially impacted accounts.”

Since the incident occurred Barnes & Noble has since disabled all 7,000 of its Pin Pads in stores across the nation. Until the issue is completely solved the company mentioned that it will use secure card readers that will be connected to cash registers so that customers may still purchase items with their debit or credit cards.

Barnes & Noble is just one of many Big name companies to be dealt with a serious security breach, and even though the evidence and the story are being presented this week, it was last month on Sept. 14 when the problem occurred.

It was back on Sept. 14 that the company discovered that personal information had been stolen, but they kept the matter quite at the request of the Justice Department’s  so the F.B.I. could determine who was behind the attacks according to NY Times.

“An attack of this type involves many different phases of reconnaissance and multiple levels of exploitation,” Edward Schwartz (chief security officer at a high profile security company) said in a statement.

Even though only nine states were untimely affected by the hackers, Barnes & Noble’s across the nation were affected in terms of credit and debit card payment methods. Let’s just hope this type of hacking does not continue to be a growing trend.

Barnes and Noble PIN pads hacked

Barnes and Noble PIN pads hacked

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