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NEW INFO: Six Michael's Stores In ENC Hit By Security Breach

According to the national craft store's website, six of the 28 Michaels stores affected by a security breach in our state are in eastern North Carolina.

The company's web page said the Goldsboro, Greenville, Jacksonville, Morehead City, New Bern, and Rocky Mount stores were affected by the breach. Stores in Cary, Raleigh, Wilmington, and other cities were also affected.

According to the company's website, the malware "no longer presents a threat while shopping at Michaels or Aaron Brothers." The company also noted they have received limited reports of fraud.

Below you will find the local store-by-store list of when the company said each was affected. Four of the six ENC stores were hit more than once, according to the published data.

On April 17th, Michaels Stores Inc. said nearly 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach. The company said crooks used sophisticated malware which compromised secured customer data like payment card numbers and expiration dates.

The company said names, addresses, and personal identification numbers, or PINs, were not at risk.

You can find the complete North Carolina list by clicking here.

Goldsboro (401 N Berkeley Blvd.):
- May 8th, 2013 through August 10th, 2013
- August 12th, 2013 through Octobver 8th 2013
- October 17th, 2013 through November 24th, 2013

Greenville (600 SE Greenville Blvd.):
- May 8th, 2013 through July 29th, 2013

Jacksonville (1250 Western Blvd. Ste J ):
- May 8th, 2013 through October 8th, 2013
- December 12th, 2013 through January 19th, 2014

Morehead City (5160 Hwy 70 W Ste 400):
- May 8th, 2013 through October 8th, 2013
- October 17th, 2013 through November 24th, 2013
- December 12th, 2013 through January 19th, 2014

New Bern (3028 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.):
- May 8th, 2013 through July 29th, 2013

Rocky Mount (1251 Cobb Corners Dr.):
- May 8th, 2013 through August 10th, 2013
- August 13th, 2013 through January 18th, 2014


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Michaels Stores Inc. said Thursday that about 2.6 million cards, or about 7 percent of all debit and credit cards used at its namesake stores, may have been affected in a security breach.

Michaels has six stores in Eastern Carolina: Jacksonville, Morehead City, Greenville, New Bern, Goldsboro and Rocky Mount.

The nation's largest arts and crafts chain said its subsidiary Aaron Brothers was also attacked, with about 400,000 cards potentially affected.

Irving, Texas-based Michaels said that it has contained the incident, which began last year. It has received "limited" reports of fraud from banks and the payment card brands that are potentially connected to the breach.

The compromised data includes customer information such as payment card numbers and expiration dates. But there's no evidence that other personal information such as names, addresses or PIN numbers were at risk, Michaels said.

Michaels' report comes as many shoppers worry about the safety of their personal data following a massive pre-Christmas security breach at Target Corp. that affected 40 million debit and credit cards.

The details come nearly three months after Michaels disclosed that it may have been a victim of a data breach and that it was working with law enforcement authorities, banks and payment processors.

The company said Thursday that both chains were attacked by criminals using highly sophisticated malware that had not been encountered previously by the two security firms that were conducting the investigation.

"Our customers are always number one priority and we are truly sorry for any inconvenience or concern Michaels may have caused," said Chuck Rubin, CEO of Michaels, in a statement.

The breach at Michaels stores occurred between May 8, 2013 and Jan. 27. The company confirmed that between June 26, 2013 and Feb. 27, 54 Aaron Brothers stores were affected by this malware.

Michaels said that it was offering free identity protection, credit monitoring and fraud assistance services to affected Michaels and Aaron Brothers customers in the U.S. for 12 months.


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