TK Maxx customers warned of credit card data breach

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TK Maxx customers warned of credit card data breach

Antony Savvas

The TK Maxx discount clothes chain has warned its customers that their credit card details may have been compromised after a network breach at the company's US headquarters.

The TJX group of companies warned of the breach yesterday, and said it involved systems that process and store information related to customer transactions.

While TJX has specifically identified some customer information that has been stolen from its systems, the full extent of the theft and affected customers is not yet known.

The intrusion involves the part of TJX’s computer network that handles credit card, debit card, cheque and merchandise return transactions for customers of the TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods and AJ Wright stores in the US and Puerto Rico, and its Winners and HomeSense stores in Canada.

The company said the breach might also affect customers of TK Maxx stores in the UK and Ireland.

The intrusion could also extend to TJX’s Bob’s Stores in the US. The company said it had immediately alerted law enforcement authorities after it discovered the breach in mid-December, but the firm has only now gone public over the hack.

Ben Cammarata, acting CEO of the TJX companies, said, "Our first concern is the potential impact of this crime on our customers, and we strongly recommend that they carefully review their credit card and debit card statements and other account information for unauthorised use."

The company has hired General Dynamics and IBM to lead its computer security and incident response strategy in response to the hack. The two firms have since implemented security upgrades at the company.

Customers in the UK and Ireland can freephone 0800 779015 to seek advice in dealing with the breach.

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