Michaels Confirms Hackers May Have Gotten Info from 2.6 Million Cards

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The company was attacked by criminals using highly sophisticated malware that had not been encountered previously by the two security firms that were conducting the investigation.

Michaels Stores Inc. says Thursday that about 2.6 million cards used at its namesake stores may have been affected in a security breach but it has received "limited" reports of fraud.
The nation's largest arts and crafts chain, based in Irving, Texas, says that its subsidiary Aaron Brothers was also attacked. The company said that both stores were attacked by criminals using highly sophisticated malware that had not been encountered previously by the two security firms that were conducting the investigation.
The details come nearly three months after Michaels disclosed that it may have been a victim of a data breach.
A massive security breach at Target Corp. that affected 40 million cards has many shoppers worried about the safety of their personal data.

Three stores in the Lansing area were affected:

540 Frandor Avenue, Lansing
May 8, 2013 - July 29, 2013

416 N. Marketplace Drive, Delta Township
May 8, 2013 - July 29, 2013

1525 Boardman Road, Jackson
May 8, 2013 - October 9, 2013
October 17, 2013 - November 24, 2013
December 12, 2013 - January 19, 2014


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