NEW YORK CITY, New York: Retailer Neiman Marcus has announced that millions of customer accounts have been breached and data stolen from them.
In a statement, Neiman Marcus confirmed to having notified 4.6 million customers about the data breach of online accounts, comprising username and password, e-gift card numbers, primary account numbers and contact information.
“Approximately 3.1 million payment and virtual gift cards were affected, more than 85 percent of which are expired or invalid,” Neiman Marcus said in a statement.
The hacking has been turned over to government authorities who are investigating the break-in.
“At Neiman Marcus Group, customers are our top priority,” the firm’s CEO, Geoffroy van Raemdonck, noted in a news release.
“We are working hard to support our customers and answer questions about their online accounts. We will continue to take actions to enhance our system security and safeguard information.”
Customers of Bergdorf Goodman and Horchow, subsidiaries of Neiman Marcus, did not have their data compromised, according to officials.
Hacking groups chiefly prey on large companies, with the latest incidents reported in June when no less than four firms, including Volkswagen and McDonald’s, suffered cybersecurity breaches.