Class Action Suit Filed Against Barnes & Noble Over PIN, Credit Card Theft

A guest post from Peggy Reetz (aka CyberPeg) on the Barnes & Noble breach.

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Barnes & Noble gets sued over PIN “skimming” scam

On October 27, 2012, plaintiff Elizabeth Nowak filed a putative class action against Barnes & Noble (“B&N”) arising out of the PIN pad tampering incident reported by the company as of October 23, 2012 (see press release of October 24, 2012:

www.barnesandnobleinc.com/press_releases/10_23_12_Important_Customer_Notice.html ).

In its press release, Barnes & Noble advised that it detected tampering with PIN pad devices used in 63 of its stores.  The tampering was limited to one compromised PIN pad in each of the affected stores.  The B&N statement says that criminals planted bugs in tampered PIN pad devices and that it disconnected all PIN pads from its stores, nationwide, by close of business September 14, 2012.  The press release further advised that the company notified federal law enforcement authorities and it was “supporting” the investigation.

In the complaint, filed in the USDC for the Northern District of…

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