Texas Retail Giant Spec’s Victim Of Data Breach
Texas retail chain Spec’s Wine, Spirits and Finer Foods announced Friday that financial information for more than half a million customers may have been exposed in what the company is calling a sophisticated hacking scheme. The breach, which covered 34 Spec’s-owned stores spanning the state, is believed to have run from October 31, 2012 until as recently as March 20 of this year.
Spec’s says it was alerted to the scam by a major lending institution and one of its card payment processors. The retailer subsequently hired a private investigator and turned over evidence to the U.S. Secret Service, according to the Houston Chronicle. The issue is now resolved, the company says.
Houston-based Spec’s, which has 155 stores across Texas, joins major retailers like Target and Neiman Marcus, which have also lately fallen victim to data hacking. Target’s breach affected more than 100 million consumers, while Neiman Marcus’s affected 1.1 million.