This year more than ever, retailers struggled with data breaches that exposed customer information including credit cards.
On September 8th, Home Depot confirmed that any customer who shopped in a U.S. or Canada store from April 2014 forward was impacted by a credit card data breach.
According to one security researcher, Home Depot hackers reportedly used the same malware that affected Target.
On August 20, shipping company UPS discovered malware that could potentially expose the data processed in 51 US stores in 24 states.
Customers potentially affected in the breach were notified and offered identity protection as well as credit card monitoring.
Nearly 3 million credit cards were impacted by two separate security breaches at Michaels, the arts and crafts store chain in the US.
Michaels released this information April 17, 2014.
The breach occured over a period of nine months, and affected 7 percent of cards used in stores.
During the 2013 holiday season, hackers made their way into Target's systems, exposing customers' card data, names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses.
In January, the retailer announced that the breach potentially affected 110 million customers-- or up to one-third of the US population.
P.F. Chang's, the nationwide Chinese food chain, fell victim to hackers who exposed credit and debit card data, as well as card holder names and the cards' expiration dates.
A total of 33 locations were affected, but the company has not been able to determine if any specific customer's data was stolen.
Using malware, hackers made their way into hardware company LaCie's database, putting anyone who shopped between March 27, 2013 and March 10, 2014 at risk. That's nearly one year of customer data.
In response to the attack, LaCie temporarily shut down its online store until its website could be secured.
eBay's database of names, phone numbers, encrypted passwords, email addresses, physical addresses, and dates of birth was comprimised in late February and early March, 2014.
It's unclear if the breach gave hackers access to customers' financial info.
Following the attack, eBay urged customers to change their passwords.
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