(The Hosting News) – The UPS Store has announced a data breach that occurred at 51 locations in 24 states earlier this year, reports USA Today.
According to a UPS spokeswoman, the breach, which occurred between January 20th and August 11th, affected around 100,000 transactions in which names, physical and email addresses, and credit card numbers were potentially exposed.
Company spokeswoman Chelsea Lee added that the breach was due to a malicious virus found in the company’s systems, adding that they are still unsure how the intrusion began because the affected stores were not linked electronically.
“An assessment by The UPS Store and the IT security firm revealed the presence of this malware on computer systems at 51 locations in 24 states (about 1%) of 4,470 franchised center locations throughout the United States,” says a post on the company’s website. “Based on the current assessment, the earliest evidence of the presence of this malware at any location is January 20, 2014. For most The UPS Store locations, based on our current assessment, the period of exposure to this malware began after March 26, 2014. This malware was eliminated as of August 11, 2014 and customers can shop securely at The UPS Store.”
Stores affected by this breach include Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
More information about the breach, including specific locations, can be found here.