Michaels Stores confirmed yesterday that 2.6 million customer credit cards (approximately 7% of cards used during the affected period) were compromised in a credit card data breach that extended from May 2013 until January 2014. Another 400,000 cards were compromised at Aaron Brothers, a Michaels Stores subsidiary.
The company had warned of a possible data breach in late January, and indicated at that time it was working with the U.S. Secret Service to investigate what it called “a pattern of fraud activity” on credit cards that had links to Michaels Stores.
The Michaels credit card data breach affected point-of-sale systems at a limited number of Michaels Stores between May 8th, 2013 and January 27th, 2014. Not all locations were affected for the entire window. My local store in Palm Coast, Florida, for example, is listed as only being affected from May 8th-July 29th, 2013. The list of affected Michaels Stores, and the dates the individual stores were affected, can be viewed on their website. Continue Reading →