We are beginning an investigation into the recent Staples data breach in which malware was installed on point-of-sale computer systems at at least 113 Staples retails stores throughout the country. Â A point of sale computer system is basically a cash register and credit/debit card processing unit that is linked via computer software to inventory and other company records. Â Staples failed to prevent malicious software, commonly-called malware, from being installedÂ on these systems, and as a result, if you shopped at Staples during the late summer or early fall of this year and used a credit card, your personal data may have been stolen.
Here is a list of affected stores.
If you shopped at any of these stores using a card between August 10 and September 16, 2014, you should check your card records and credit reports for any suspicious activity. Â If you notice anything out of the ordinary, you should alert your card holders and notify the credit reporting agencies (requesting a credit freeze if you live in Massachusetts). Â Staples has put out a fact sheet here.
We are Massachusetts consumer protection lawyers monitoring the aftermath of the latest U.S. data breach. Â Send us an email if you shopped at one of the affected stores anywhere in the U.S. during the key dates using a card and think your data has been compromised. Â You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.