On Monday afternoon, Staples SPLS +0.92% announced that the Staples App would now support Apple Pay–Apple's AAPL +1.94% new mobilepayment system that some say will eventually make credit cards obsolete. Just a few hours later, Staples confirmed that the retailer is investigating a potential credit and debit card breach at some locations. This news comes just over a week since Kmart joined a long line of retailers who have suffered credit card breaches this year.
Brian Krebs first reported the potential breach at Staples. According to Krebs, fraud patterns observed by several banks suggest that some Staples stores in the Northeast have been hit with a data breach–including “seven Staples stores in Pennsylvania, at least three in New York City, and another in New Jersey.” While Staples has stores around the nation, there is not yet evidence that the breach extends outside the Northeast, according to Krebs’ sources at different banks.
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