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Saks Fifth Avenue customer data exposed

Saks Fifth Avenue faced a cyber security attack resulting in tens of thousands of customers having their information exposed on an unsecured website.

“We take this matter seriously,” said a spokesman for Hudson’s Bay, Saks' parent company. “We want to reassure our customers that no credit, payment or password information was ever exposed. The security of our customers is of utmost priority and we are moving quickly and aggressively to resolve the situation, which is limited to a low-single-digit percentage of e-mail addresses. We have resolved any issue related to customer phone numbers, which was an even smaller percent.”

According to Buzzfeed the sites have an inconsistent approach to web encryption, protecting certain pages (such as the login page) but not others. Someone on the same local network could grab unencrypted web traffic and potentially use it to compromise an account.

Cyber Security has become a major issue for retailers. UK retail body British Retail Consortium recently published a step-by-step guide on how to manage cyber security threats. With the digital market continuously growing, retailers have to stay one step ahead of potential cyber security risks to protect their customers.

photo:via Cyber Security News Facebook