Sally Beauty investigates possible second card breach

It's not known if the latest incident is related to last year's breach, the company said

Sally Beauty Holdings said it is investigating another possible payment card breach, about a year after it reported a similar cyberattack.

The retail chain, which runs nearly 2,800 stores in the U.S., said it has received reports of "unusual activity" involving payment cards used at some of its stores during the last week of April. Law enforcement has been contacted, the company said Monday.

It did not say if the second incident is related to last year's attack. "Until this investigation is completed, it is difficult to determine with certainty the scope or nature of any potential incident," it said.

Last February, attackers stole payment card information between Feb. 21 through Feb. 28 at some Sally Beauty stores. Malware was installed on point-of-sale systems that collected data from the magnetic stripes on the back of payment cards.

The attackers were suspected of collecting Track 2 data from the cards, according to Sally Beauty's 2014 annual report. Magnetic stripes contain three data tracks, and the second one contains the payment card's number and expiration date.

Sally Beauty's latest problem comes as the company has been upgrading its point-of-sale systems across its U.S. stores and the security of its IT systems.

It also is not the only large company to report it may have been attacked again. White Lodging Services of Merrillville, Indiana, which manages hotels under brands include Marriott, confirmed a second breach last month after reporting one in February 2014.

Retailers have been struggling with cyberattacks aimed at stealing payment card data, which then is quickly offered for sale on black-market websites.

Hackers stole 56 million payment cards from Home Depot, which was breached between April and September 2014. Target had 40 million credit and debit card numbers stolen in an attack in late 2013.

Both of those breaches were attributed to malware on point-of-sale systems, which process card transactions. The type of malware, known as a RAM scraper, collects a card's details as the information sits in a computer's memory.

Send news tips and comments to jeremy_kirk@idg.com. Follow me on Twitter: @jeremy_kirk

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags securitySally Beautydata breach

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jeremy Kirk

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB Kit (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 UDIMM

Learn more >

Gadgets & Things

Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Plox Star Wars Death Star Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?