Goodwill, feds investigate possible data breach

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by Associated Press & 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 22 at 5:01 PM

NEW YORK  — Nonprofit organization Goodwill Industries Inc. is working with federal officials to investigate a possible security breach.

The Rockville, Maryland-based organization says it was contacted Friday by a payment card industry fraud investigative unit and federal authorities who said payment card numbers may have been stolen from some U.S. stores. Investigators are reviewing information but so far no data breach has been discovered.

Goodwill operates more than 2,900 stores and takes in annual retail sales of $3.79 billion. It sells donated merchandise to fund job programs.

Goodwill says it is working with credit card makers, the Secret Service and fraud investigators to figure out if a breach occurred.

The company released the following statement to 13News Now:

“We are committed to the security of our customers’ information. To date, we are not aware of a data breach at Goodwill serving Hampton Roads and Central Virginia. Goodwill Industries International is working closely with payment card industry experts and federal authorities to determine what, if any, action is needed. Every time consumers shop in our stores, they create employment opportunities for our community members.”

Its investigation follows a spate of high-profile data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and other retailers.

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