Forever 21 Acknowledges Possible Payment Card Breach

Fashion retailer Forever 21 has acknowledged a possible payment card security breach at some of its stores this year.

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The retail chain released a statement about the possible breach on Tuesday, with the company saying that “it recently received a report from a third party that suggested there may have been unauthorized access to data from payment cards that were used at certain Forever 21 stores.” Forever 21 is currently investigating the situation with the help of a “leading security and forensics firm.”

Details Unknown

Specifically, the retailer is taking a close look at transactions which occurred between March  2017 to October 2017. It appears as if select point of sale devices in some stores did not have functioning encryption at certain times during that period.

Much about the possible breach is unknown. It’s unclear which stores are affected, why the POS devices had encryption issues, and what a more accurate timeline of the breach might be — if a breach even occurred at all.

Forever 21 appears to be getting out in front of this as best it can, alerting customers to the possibility of a breach while asking people to monitor payment card statements for unauthorized charges. The company “expects to provide an additional notice” upon learning more information about the possible breach.

Recent Retail Breaches

Forever 21’s incident could end up being the latest in a series of high-profile breaches targeting large retailers. In September, Whole Foods acknowledged unauthorized access of payment card information at some of its stores, and last month, Pizza Hut contacted about 60,000 customers regarding personal information that may have been compromised by using the chain’s online app during a certain time period.

We’ll see what Forever 21 has to say in the coming weeks about the possible breach, if anything. For more information on some of the largest breaches in recent years — including hacks that targeted a number of large retailers — check out our article Not Just Equifax: Six Of The Biggest Data Breaches In The Modern Tech Era.

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy

Phil Dzikiy is the former editor in chief of Security Baron. Before, he has worked as a freelance writer and editor at websites like Wirecutter.com and iLounge.com along with publications like the Lockport Union Sun & Journal and the Greater Niagara Newspapers. With digital and print experience under his belt, Phil has a passion for all things technology including home security, cyber security, and the smart home. His bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland College Park initially landed Phil his first job at the Beaver County Times, which has lead to over 15 years of experience as a journalist.

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