Welcome to this week’s edition of Change Your Information Because Another Website Got Hacked. GameStop has confirmed that they are investigating reports that their customers’ credit card information is up for sale on the internet. If you have recently made a purchase on GameStop.com, you might want to read on.
According to reports, some not very nice people stole credit card information entered on GameStop’s website. They specify a window from September 2016 to early February 2017. In response, the video game retailer implemented a security update. They also commissioned a leading security company to investigate what went wrong.
We regret any concern this situation may cause for our customers. GameStop would like to remind its customers that it is always advisable to monitor payment card account statements for unauthorized charges. If you identify such a charge, report it immediately to the bank that issued the card, because payment card network rules generally state that cardholders are not responsible for unauthorized charges that are timely reported.
Online stores cannot save CVV2 codes (that 3 digit code on the back of your card that always fades off). Nevertheless, someone may have been able to sneak malicious software onto the site. The purpose would be to grab the information customers typed in. As a result, it’s been reported that names, addresses, credit card numbers, expirations, and those unique CVV2 codes are floating around online.
As GameStop mentioned, keep an eye on your card statement for any strange transactions. You may even want to ask your bank for another card if you know you made a purchase during that time period. You should of course always be vigilant when it comes to your sensitive information. Also, make sure you have fraud alerts set up with your card issuers. Oh, and don’t talk to strangers.
Have you geeks seen any suspicious activity on your accounts after buying from GameStop recently? How do you feel about this latest security breach?