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Goodwill, feds investigate possible data breach

Published July 22, 2014 11:35 am

Security • Nonprofit group working with credit card makers, feds to see if one occurred.
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New York • Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach.

The Rockville, Md.-based organization said late Monday it was contacted Friday by a payment card industry fraud investigative unit and federal authorities who said payment card numbers may have been stolen from some U.S. stores. Goodwill said it is working with credit card makers, the Secret Service and fraud investigators to figure out if a breach occurred, but so far none has been discovered.

Goodwill operates more than 2,900 stores and takes in annual retail sales of $3.79 billion. It sells donated merchandise to fund job programs.



Since the company's stores are operated by about 165 regional headquarters around the country, there is no centralized database of all of its customers' credit card information. That could limit a breach, if one occurred, to certain Goodwill locations.

The investigation follows a spate of high-profile data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and other retailers.

 

 

 

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