says investigating possible security breach
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[March 01, 2014]
BOSTON (Reuters) - Sears Holdings Corp
said Friday it has launched an investigation to determine whether it
was the victim of a security breach, following Target Corp's
revelation at the end of last year that it had suffered an
unprecedented cyber attack.
"There have been rumors and reports throughout the retail industry
of security incidents at various retailers and we are actively
reviewing our systems to determine if we have been a victim of a
breach," Sears spokesman Howard Riefs said in a statement on Friday.
"We have found no information based on our review of our systems to
date indicating a breach," he added.
He did not say when the operator of Sears department stores and
Kmart discount stores had begun the investigation or provide other
information about the probe.
Sears Holdings Corp operates nearly 2,500 retail stores in the
United States and Canada.
Bloomberg News reported on Friday that the U.S. Secret Service was
investigating a possible secret breach at Sears, citing a person
familiar with the investigation. The report did not identify that
source by name.
The Bloomberg report said that its source did not disclose details
about the scope or timing of the suspected breach.
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A spokesman for the U.S. Secret Service declined comment when
Reuters asked if the agency was investigating a possible breach at
The Secret Service is leading the U.S. government's investigation
into last year's attack on Target, which the company has said led to
the theft of some 40 million payment card numbers as well as another
70 million pieces of personal data.
(Reporting by Jilian Mincer and Jim
Finkle; Editing by Nick Zieminski)
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