Barnes & Noble


New York, NY
United States
40° 42' 51.6708" N, 74° 0' 21.5028" W
Date Breach Made Public: 
October 24, 2012
New York, NY
United States
Extra Info: 

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Records Breached: 


PIN pad devices used to process credit and debit card information in stores were compromised.  The breach was discovered around September 14 during maintenance and inspection of the devices.  Anyone who used a credit or debit card at a Barnes & Noble may have been affected by a sophisticated criminal effort to steal that information.  Names, payment card account numbers, and PINs may have been exposed.  Barnes & Noble removed all PIN pads. Fewer than 1% of the inspected PIN pads had been affected.

UPDATE (10/24/2012): A total of 63 Barnes and Noble stores in nine states had at least one compromised PIN pad device.  Malicious code was installed on the PIN pads.

UPDATE (09/05/2013): A federal judge ruled that customers failed to show that their personal information was stolen in the data breach.

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