Nationwide Credit Card Data Breach Affects Four Mass. Staples Stores

Customers enter Staples office supply store in Miami. –AP Photo/ Lynne Sladky

Customers who made purchases at four Massachusetts Staples stores between Aug. 10 and Sept. 16 this year should actively monitor their credit card accounts for fraudulent charges. According to a statement released Friday by the Framingham-based office supply company, malware may have provided access to 1.16 million customers’ credit card data at 115 stores nationwide. At two stores, the malware may have compromised data between July 20 and Sept. 16.

Credit card purchases at these Massachusetts stores between Aug. 10 and Sept. 16 may have been compromised.

179 Highland Ave., Seekonk

571 Boston Tpke, Shrewsbury

131 Samoset St. (Rte. 44), Plymouth

17 Paradise Rd., Salem

The company is offering free identity protection services to anyone who thinks their data may have been compromised.

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The investigation into the data breach began this October. At that time, the company said it was likely the culprits stole customer credit card data from a handful of stores in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York City. They now believe the fraudulent activity may have affected stores nationwide.

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