T.J. Maxx & Marshalls' Owner To Pay Millions After Computer Hack

The owners of T.J. Maxx and Marshalls have agreed to may millions of dollars to states after a data breach placed customers' personal financial information at risk.

TJX will pay $9.75 million to North Carolina and 40 other states, and increase security so the breach can't happen again.

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says the breach happened when criminals were able to hack into the company's computer system and steal tens of millions of credit and debit card numbers. Copper says TJX did not have enough safeguards in place to protect consumers from the attack.

Under the agreement, the company must upgrade wireless systems in stores to make them less vulnerable to hackers, use firewalls and other measures to separate consumers' personal information from the rest of its computer system, and implement proper security password management for parts of the computer system that store, process or transmit that personal data.

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  • by Richard Location: EDENTON on Jun 24, 2009 at 08:10 AM
    How does that protect the consumer. Now the prices will go up. Think Roy think.
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville NC on Jun 24, 2009 at 08:05 AM
    Who wrote this article? It has misspelled words in it.
  • by Metal Location: Texas on Jun 23, 2009 at 06:00 PM
    I believe the money here is a deterrent, an incentive that increases the cost of doing business without appropriate computer security diligence. This is great news for the computer security industry.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Jun 23, 2009 at 02:11 PM
    The state gets the money but the comsumer faces money problems. I guess they will use this money to pay the DA if they find out do breeched the computer
  • by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2009 at 01:27 PM
    Sounds like the states will benifit from the consumers being injured. Something very wrong with this.
  • by Officer Location: NC on Jun 23, 2009 at 01:26 PM
    The money is going into the already lined pockets of our "leaders". Question ... Who does the government pay when their (our) computer systems are hacked? Even the Dept of Defense was hacked!!!
  • by Kelly on Jun 23, 2009 at 12:43 PM
    prob. a silly question, but how do you know if you are one of the customers who needs to be concerned about this?
  • by Annette Location: ENC on Jun 23, 2009 at 10:57 AM
    So I guess now the shortfall is smaller b/c this will be added to next years budget?!?!?!
  • by Bradley Location: Chocowinity on Jun 23, 2009 at 10:32 AM
    Does the consumers who were affected get some the money?? Or is this money going into the NC Lottery Pots?

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