Less than a week after one of the nation's best-known booksellers revealed it had been hit with a massive, multi-state data breach
, one customer took the company to court.
Elizabeth Nowak, who lives in the Chicago area, filed suit against the company for allowing the massive breach - which affected 63 stores in nine states on both the east and west coasts, as well as the Midwest - to happen, and also waiting nearly six weeks to disclose it, according to a report from Bloomberg News
. She also wants class action status for her suit on behalf of anyone who used their cards at one of the store's locations from November 1, 2010, to now.
"Barnes and Noble's security failures enabled the skimmers to steal financial data from within Barnes & Noble’s stores and subsequently make unauthorized purchases [on consumers' accounts]," Nowak said in the complaint, according to the news agency. Ondrej Krehel
, the chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, has a blog about the ways in which this type of attack can affect consumers.
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