Staples investigates suspected credit card breach

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Staples investigates suspected credit card breach

North-east US outlets look to be affected.

Office supplies giant Staples has confirmed it is investigating a possible breach of payment card data and has referred the matter to law enforcement, making it the latest in a succession of US retailers to fall victim to a cyber attack.

"Staples is in the process of investigating a potential issue involving credit card data and has contacted law enforcement," company spokesman Mark Cautela said in a statement late Monday.

The company disclosed the investigation after security reporter Brian Krebs reported on his blog that several banks have identified a pattern of payment card fraud suggesting that several Staples stores in northeastern United States had succumbed to a data breach.

"We take the protection of customer information very seriously, and are working to resolve the situation," Cautela said.

"If Staples discovers an issue, it is important to note that customers are not responsible for any fraudulent activity on their credit cards that is reported on a timely basis."

Staples did not provide additional details of the data breach.

Earlier this month, Sears said it was the victim of a cyberattack that likely resulted in the theft of some customer payment cards at its Kmart stores.

Restaurant chain Dairy Queen, owned by Berkshire Hathaway also said hackers may have compromised payment card information of its customers across 46 US states. Other widespread breaches include those of Home Depot, Michaels Stores and Neiman Marcus.

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