Polo Ralph Lauren Targeted In Data Theft

    April 16, 2005

180,000 credit card customers of Polo Ralph Lauren were warned of possible ID thefts due to a faulty POS system.

HSBC North America advised the customers to cancel their cards and request replacements.

According to a ComputerWeekly article:

A statement from Polo Ralph Lauren said, “The company did learn that certain credit card information may have been retained and stored in its point of sale software. The company took immediate steps to purge this data and cure the problem.”

Polo Ralph Lauren added it has been working with law enforcement officials and credit card companies since autumn 2004 to determine the origin and extent of the compromise. “The company is confident that its credit card system is secure, and that our customers’ credit card information is properly protected,” it added.

Polo Ralph Lauren is just the latest target in a string of data security breaches.

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