Michaels Stores PIN Pad Tampering

Michaels Stores Inc. locations in Chicago and possibly other locations have been reportedly breached through PIN Pad tampering.  Credit and debit card information was compromised, the company announced Thursday.  Although not quite as large in scope as the Play Station Network hack, my wife and friends like and shop at Michaels stores.

Banking and law enforcement officials contacted the popular craft supply chain after some fraudulent debit card transactions were reported.  Authorities believe the transactions may be linked to legitimate transactions in Chicago-area Michaels stores.  If you have purchased goods at Michaels using credit ro debit cards, monitor your statements closely, and change your PIN code to be on the safe side.  It takes 5 minutes, and costs you nothing.

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2 thoughts on “Michaels Stores PIN Pad Tampering

  1. Which terminals do Michaels Stores use? Seems that the terminal is fundamentally insecure, in which case other retailers using the same terminal could be at risk….

  2. Good question. I am not sure what the POS terminal is at these stores. The wife shops there, I just sort of tag along for comic relief, and to push the buggy.

    I suspect that the problem they were facing was the insertion of a skimming device, and may have been precipitated with the outright replacement of the PIN pad with a doctored one.

    Sounds like a discovery field trip is in order. Kathy will be so excited! Until I explain that we can’t BUY anything…

    Cheers,
    Mark

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