A US retailer, Wireless Emporium, has recently suffered a massive data breach on it's website computer server, in which a substantial amount of personal and confidential information may have been compromised.
Wireless Emporium is a retailer specialising in cellphone accessories and mobile products such as chargers, cases and batteries. A malware installation on the website server may have opened access to valuable data.
A release posted on the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) website explained that names, addresses, payment expiration dates and numbers were possibly leaked, as well as the security codes.
Following the breach, the company put measures in place to contain the compromise and prevent the leak of further information. To reduce the chance of such a breach occurring again in the future, a new firewall was installed and the website code updated.
As is standard procedure with data breaches, Wireless Emporium is also notifying impacted users, and providing appropriate advice for dealing with the breach.
"We want to make you aware of steps you can take of guard against identity theft or fraud. We recommend that you review your credit and debit card account statements as soon as possible in order to determine if there are any discrepancies or unusual activity listed," the OAG website release stated.
"We recommend that you carefully check your credit reports for accounts you did not open, for inquiries from creditors you did not initiate, and personal information […] that is not accurate."
Malware attacks can be highly damaging for businesses, especially if they go undetected for an extended period of time. When sitting unnoticed, massive quantities of sensitive information can be gathered and distributed by outside attackers.
This Wireless Emporium breach should serve as an example to other companies about the importance of protective measures such as security audits.
Failing to uphold strong security measures could potentially cause a data breach, costing businesses both financial and in terms of reputation.