[ISN] TJX says it suffered computer systems intrusion'; customer data stolen

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Wed Jan 17 2007 - 22:07:33 PST


January 18, 2007

TJX Cos., operator of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls discount stores, said 
Wednesday its computer systems were hacked late last year and customer 
data has been stolen.

The company said the full extent of the intrusion is not yet known, but 
it is conducting a full investigation.

The hackers broke into a system that handles credit and debit card 
transactions, as well as checks and merchandise returns for customers in 
the U.S., Puerto Rico, and may also involve customers of T.K. Maxx 
stores in the U.K. and Ireland.

The break-in was discovered in mid-December, but was kept confidential 
upon the request of law enforcement officials.

TJX said it has hired General Dynamics Corp. and IBM Corp. to upgrade 
its security system.

Shares of TJX fell 22 cents to close at $29.63 on the New York Stock 

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