By Mary Couchman
June 28, 2008
Montgomery Ward Direct Marketing Services CEO, David Milgrom, said the
financial company Citigroup detected the computer invasion in December.
By going through HomeVisions.com, another Direct Marketing Services
site, hackers had plundered the database that holds account information
for all the company's retail properties.
Milgrom said the company immediately informed its payment processor
including Visa and MasterCard of the hacker breach. The company then
responded to security measures which included a report to the U.S.
Retailers that fail to comply with proper security measures can be hit
with fines or be sued by affected customers.
Milgrom said Direct Marketing Services now plans to contact consumers.
The online hack was unknown until June when Affinion Group Inc.'s
CardCops, a group of investigators who track payment-card theft for
financial institutions, were CardCops spotted hackers touting the sale
of 200,000 payment cards belonging to one merchant.
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