Macy’s Suffers Online Data Breach

Macy’s is the latest major company to suffer an online data breach, as the retail chain said hackers may have accessed online customer data, including credit card numbers.

The breach affected “one-half of one percent” of customers who were registered on or, spokeswoman Blair Rosenberg told Bloomberg. (Macy’s Inc. is the parent company of Bloomingdale’s.) The company said that hackers were able to take customer data and login information from websites unrelated to Macy’s, and use them for access on Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s sites.

It’s unclear how this happened, as no further information was given, though it’s possible the affected users were using the same user names and passwords for multiple sites, including and

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Other personal data may have been accessed as well, including birthdates. Macy’s said that social security numbers were not accessed in the breach. The data breach occurred between April 26 and June 10. The questionable profiles have been blocked.

Macy’s is contacting users who have been affected by this incident. It’s notable, however, that there doesn’t seem to be any obvious acknowledgement of the issue on either Macy’s or Bloomingdale’s websites.

According to Bloomberg, Macy’s is offering consumer protection services to those affected customers. It’s a typical response to these breaches, and it likely includes some form of credit monitoring.

One Of Many

Macy’s is far from alone when it comes to major American retail chains affected by recent data breaches. Sears, Delta Air Lines and Best Buy were all affected by the same breach. Restaurant chains have gotten hit as well, including Chili’s and Applebee’s, which both suffered in-store issues affecting payment cards.

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 and 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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