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Uh-oh: Kmart data breach

By Jeanine Skowronski · Bankrate.com
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Posted: 12 pm ET

Attention Kmart shoppers: There's been (another) data breach.

The big box retailer announced late last week it is investigating an infiltration of its payment system that has potentially compromised consumer credit card and debit card information.

Per Kmart, hackers infected its system with malware in early September. No personal information, debit card PIN numbers, email addresses or Social Security numbers appear to have been obtained in the breach. There is also no evidence that Kmart.com customers were affected by the infiltration.

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Kmart says the malware has been removed and that advanced software is being added to its system to prevent future attacks.

The hackers' modus operandi should sound familiar to consumers as it's the same method thieves used to access Home Depot's payments system in April.

Also par for the course regarding the recent string of merchant data breaches: Kmart is now offering free credit monitoring protection to customers who shopped with a credit or debit card in its stores from Sept. 1, 2014 through Oct. 9, 2014.

Customers can monitor Kmart.com for updates on the breach or contact the retailer at 888-488-5978 for more information.

"We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our members and customers," the company said in a press release. "We want our members and customers to be aware of the situation and we suggest that customers carefully review and monitor their debit and credit card account statements."

Those worried about the breach can also set up alerts to readily spot suspicious charges on their bank or credit card statements. Should suspicious charges appear, contact your issuer immediately to minimize the chances of being held liable for them.

You can also place a fraud alert on your credit report, since mysterious line items are a good sign identity theft has taken place.

Was your credit or debit card hacked from Kmart? Tell us in the comments below.

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