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Michaels security breach exposes 2.6 million credit, debit cards

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A security breach at Michaels arts and crafts stores affects about 2.6 million customers who used credit or debit cards at the store between May 8, 2013 and Jan. 27, 2014.

Aaron Brothers, a subsidiary of Michaels, was also attacked, exposing information on another 400,000 cards. That breach took place between June 26 and Feb. 27.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Investigators said both chains were attacked by criminals using rare and highly sophisticated malware.

STOLEN INFORMATION

The compromised data includes payment card numbers and expiration dates. There's no evidence that other personal information such as names, addresses or pin numbers were at risk.

This security breach comes as many shoppers worry about the safety of their personal data following a holiday season security breach at Target that affected 40 million debit and credit cards.

CEO APOLOGY

As for the security breach at Michaels, the CEO says he has received "limited" reports of fraud and apologizes for the inconvenience.

"Our customers are always number one priority and we are truly sorry for any inconvenience or concern Michaels may have caused," CEO Chuck Rubin said in a statement.

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