Goodwill Experiences Possible Data Breach

Update: 1:00 p.m. ET: On September 3, Goodwill Industries confirmed that 330 of its stores in 20 states were impacted by a data breach. In a press release, Goodwill attributes the breach to malware on a third-party vendor’s system. It is estimated that 868,000 payment cards may have been exposed. Read more here.

What happened?

Goodwill Industries International, Inc. was contacted by federal authorities and payment card investigative services on July 18, 2014, informing the company of a possible data breach involving stolen credit card numbers. Upon investigation, it was determined that the breach could have begun as far back as mid-2013.

While the nonprofit retailer is based in Rockville, MD, the investigation also shows that the breach could have spread to Goodwill stores in at least 21 different states. At this time, however, a breach has not been confirmed.

What should you do?

If you think you could have been affected by this potential data breach, keep an eye on your bank statements for signs of fraudulent use or identity theft. Contact your financial institution immediately if you believe your information has been compromised.

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