Michael's Store Inc.

1038 WordsJan 15, 20155 Pages
INTRODUCTION Michael’s Store, Inc. is an arts & crafts Retail chain. It has more than 1040 stores located in 49 US states & Canada. The company also owns and operates the Aaron brother’s retail chain, which happens to have an additional 115 stores across the Country. Michael’s store Inc. had a Security breach, which took place between May 8, 2013 and January 27, 2014. About 2.6 million cards or about 7 percent of payment cards used at its stores during the period were affected. Alarmingly, its subsidiary Aaron brothers also had been breached between June 26, 2013 and February 27, 2014. It was reported that Aaron brothers had 400,000 cards impacted. The duration of the treacherous attack in total was 8 months (Schwartz, 2014). In this report, security breach of Michael’s store Inc. is analyzed. The topics covered are how the breach occurred, what did the authorities do to educate the customers & how in future such attacks can be avoided. HOW IT ALL HAPPENED On April 27, 2014 Michael’s CEO Chuck Rubin reported that criminals used highly sophisticated malware to infect some of the point-of-sale (POS) systems resulting in the theft of card related information including payments numbers & expiration dates (Michaels, 2014). The term POS system is used to describe the technology used by consumers to provide their payment information in exchange for a good or service. The primary stakeholders for today’s POS systems are consumers, merchants, acquirer, card brand companies,

More about Michael's Store Inc.

Open Document