Data breach hits Saks, Lord & Taylor; 5 million credit, debit cards compromised

FILE- In this July 29, 2013, file photo, a shopper uses a Fifth Avenue entrance to Saks, in New York. A data breach at department store chains Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth and Lord & Taylor has compromised the personal information of customers who shopped at the stores. The chains' parent company, Canada-based Hudson's Bay Co., announced the breach of its store payment systems on Sunday, April 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Saks Fifth Avenue, Saks Off Fifth and Lord & Taylor were hit with a data breach that has compromised the credit and debit card information for 5 million customers.

Hudson's Bay Company – which owns both stores – says it has taken steps to contain the breach, and that it no longer poses a risk to shoppers.

Free identity protection services and credit and web monitoring will be offered to customers impacted by the breach.

Transactional monitoring is a free service that shows cardholders nearly real-time information if someone has stolen your card and is using it when you aren't.

The thieves behind the breach are known but hidden. a group called Joker Stash, which sells stolen data underground, announced it would release the stolen credit cards, but investigators have been unable to shut the hackers down.

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