United Parcel Service, the largest package-shipping company in the world has suffered a breach in computer data. It is said that few stores of UPS have been a victim of hacking, leading to stealing of customer’s data, which includes both personal info and payment.
The breach of computer systems is said to be effected in 51 retail stores of UPS located in 24 states. It has to be noted that this is about 1 percent of the total retail stores; the United Parcel Service Inc has got in the United States. They have got 4,470 retail stores in the United States.
UPS spokesperson has confirmed that over a 100,000 transactions have become a victim of this security breach.
There has been so many hacking activities happening in most of the famous companies (Target, Supervalu Inc, etc) recently. However the UPS security breach is not as dangerous as the likes of Supervalu Inc customer data breach.
This is because UPS stores are not interconnected and the retail stores are owned by individuals and them working irrespective of the other UPS retail outlets.
Chelsea LEE, the UPS spokeswoman said the customer’s whose credit card details are at risk is the ones who have done business with UPS from January 20 to August 11.
It has to be noted that not all the customer’s are at risk and only the data of those who used their credit cards at the affected 51 stores are at risk.
Besides credit or debit card details, the other information which could have been stolen by the hackers are the names of the customers, email address and their postal addresses.
UPS has issued a guideline to all their customer’s to check the company’s website to make sure that whether they have made any transactions at the malware affected store. The company has also said that they have received an alert from the government regarding the security breach. The President of UPS Inc also said that they have hired a security firm to review their systems and their security to make sure that such thing will never happen again.
Tim Davies, the President of UPS Inc said, “As soon as we became aware of the potential malware intrusion, we deployed extensive resources to quickly address and eliminate this issue. Our customers can be assured that we have identified and fully contained the incident,”
Recently, UPS has surpassed Eli Lilly & Co. in S&P to become the #58 largest company. However UPS has also confirmed that the company has not detected any fraud linked to this hacking.
The technology ”Backoff” malware is said to be used in this hacking. It works by extracting the computer data through RAM attached to the computers on which the credit or debit card was used for transaction.