Michaels confirms breach of as many as 2.6M cards

The craft store’s subsidiary, Aaron Brothers, was also affected
By ANNE D’INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer Published: April 18, 2014
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In brief

Store warns of attack

Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of all debit and credit cards used at its stores, may have been affected in a security breach.

The nation’s largest arts and crafts chain said its subsidiary Aaron Brothers also was attacked, with about 400,000 cards potentially affected.

Irving, Texas-based Michaels said that it has contained the incident, which began last year. It has received “limited” reports of fraud from banks and the payment card brands that are potentially connected to the breach.

The compromised data includes customer information such as payment card numbers and expiration dates. But there’s no evidence that other information such as names, addresses or PIN numbers were at risk, Michaels said.

This report follows a massive pre-Christmas security breach at Target Corp. that affected 40 million people.

Associated Press