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UPS Discloses Breach at 51 Stores

United Parcel Service driver Marty Thompson starts his truck up after making a delivery in Cumming, Ga.

United Parcel Service driver Marty Thompson starts his truck up after making a delivery in Cumming, Ga. // David Goldman/AP

UPS came forward relatively quickly about a payment system hack that was discovered after the retailer received a sectorwide, government-issued alert about a specific form of antivirus-proof infection.

UPS proactively hired a cybersecurity firm to inspect all store systems “upon receiving the bulletin,” company officials said in a statement.

The malicious software in play is believed to be Backoff, a “point-of-sale” infection that scrapes system memory for payment card data and logs keystrokes, according to a July 31 Department of Homeland Security bulletin that was updated Aug. 18.

Customer data that might have been compromised includes names, postal addresses, email addresses and payment card information.

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