GameStop and Your Credit Card Security
As gamers, the holiday season can lead to some moments of “self-gifting”, especially since quarter 4 can host some big title drops (though this year was a little light in that regard). Nonetheless, many shoppers who prefer to use the GameStop website for their purchases may want to check their credit card statements from their holiday and post-New Year’s lootings. There has been confirmation with KrebsonSecurity that there is a potential data breach that may be holding credit card info entered between September 2016 and February 2017 for ransom.
What’s At Risk?
The video game retailer was contacted with a warning that credit card information used on their site gamestop.com was up for sale on the internet. What exactly is being offered to the highest bidder? Card numbers, expiration, names, addresses and card verification values; everything someone would need to go ham on a stranger’s dime.
For anyone out there who is tech and hacker savvy, you know that no sellers residing on the internet are supposed to store the CVV codes, but there is a workaround. By planting seeds of malicious software on the site, data can be taken in the precious time after it is entered by the customer and before it is encrypted and transmitted for processing.
Is This Real?
However, there is nothing solid backing up what info was taken, how many customers have had their information taken or how the potential e-villains cracked the gamestop.com code in the first place. There’s not even a definite on just how long this digital thievery has been taking place or if the physical locations of the stores were hit too. All that is known is that something is amiss and GameStop customers should be on the lookout.
“We regret any concern this situation may cause for our customers. GameStop would like to remind its customers that it is always advisable to monitor payment card account statements for unauthorized charges. If you identify such a charge, report it immediately to the bank that issued the card because payment card network rules generally state that cardholders are not responsible for unauthorized charges that are timely reported.”
Just like they advised, I must reiterate, check your statements! Should you see anything out of the ordinary, report it to the banks and credit card companies attached to your plastic. With the holidays being a big spender time frame, it may be wise to make it a habit every year to check all your statements during the jolliest time of year as well as following other credit card safety measures to make sure it stays that way.
Scratch that, follow credit card safety year round! Don’t give these hackers a penny of your hard-earned cash! To all of you plastic-holders out there, may your credit scores be ever in your favor.