Hackers set off 60K alerts at Neiman Marcus

12:04 AM, Feb 24, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Reports suggest that hackers set off 60,000 security alerts as they stole Neiman Marcus customers' credit card numbers.

Representatives for the Dallas-based company are saying it was a highly sophisticated group. The attackers gave the software a name almost identical to the one the company was already using, which would often trip hundreds of daily security alerts.

Atlanta high tech crimes expert Gregory Adams isn't surprised that hackers raided the credit card system at Neiman Marcus.

"I guarantee you now, another major retailer is being hacked into as we speak," Adams said.

From July through October of 2013, hackers stole credit card numbers from nearly 350,000 customers.

"This is all Neiman Marcus' fault - their IT department," Evans said.

Evans said that cyber criminals are all around us. It can often take them months of research to get what they want. Despite the breach at Neiman Marcus, the Atlanta store continues to have its steady stream of loyal shoppers.

Evans reminds shoppers to always closely check credit card statements.

"Don't just look at the balance -- look at all of the charges on there," Evans said. "You want to look for the little charges."

Security investigators said that the hackers used different tools and different strategies than Target hackers. They don't believe the two attacks are related.

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