Protecting yourself from a data breach

Kmart and Dairy Queen go through security breaches

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP) — Two major businesses announced on Friday that their payment systems were breached by hackers.

The two companies who went through security breaches were Kmart and Dairy Queen. Both of their systems were hacked around September.

The hackers in these two data breaches stole different information, and it is not confirmed if they were in any way connected.

A company spokesperson for Kmart says that some customers who used credit and debit cards while shopping inside stores were impacted, but wouldn’t say how many customers.

People shopping online were not targeted.

Kmart says the hackers did not get access to people’s pin numbers.

And 395 Dairy Queen stores nationwide were affected.

Dairy Queen says that the hackers may have gained access to customer names, credit and debit card numbers, and expiration dates.

The company says there’s no evidence that social security numbers, card pin numbers or e-mail addresses were stolen.

In response, dairy queen is offering customers free identity repair services.

There are things you can do to avoid being a victim in a data breach.

If you are traveling, especially with Columbus day coming up, let your bank know you are traveling so they know that the charges coming from other locations are intentional.

Minimize where and how often you use your credit or debit card. It is best to use cash for smaller purchases to reduce the chance of having your information stolen.

And do not respond to any e-mails from banks or card companies asking for information.They may not actually be the bank or the company, so it’s best to call and confirm that they sent you a notification.

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