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Michaels reports security breach

Michaels craft store recently reported a security breach that occurred in 84 different stores across the nation, including six in Oregon.

Approximately 90 PIN pads used to process customer purchases were reported as being tampered with. Though the investigation is ongoing, as of May 12 reports indicate that the breach led to fraudulent transactions on about 100 customer debit cards.

Stores in Beaverton, Medford, Roseburg, Springfield and Tualatin were among those that had tampered pads. Michaels reported that exposed PIN pad transactions occurred between Feb. 8 and May 6.

The company said that while credit card information may have also been compromised during this time period, as of now law enforcement has not received any reports of credit card fraud.

In reaction to the tampering, Michaels replaced approximately 7,200 PIN pad machines in its 964 U.S. stores as of May 6. They report that no information has been compromised since that date.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, Oregon ranks 30th in the nation for identity theft. Tami Nealy, Spokesperson for LifeLock, an identity protection company, said that there have been eight data breaches reported in Oregon in 2011, affecting 19,000 people.

Nealy suggests that to prevent such fraud from occurring, individuals should closely monitor their bank statements to ensure that all transactions are appropriate.

For information and updates on the investigation and a list of stores in which tampered PIN pads were found, visit Michaels.com or call 1-800-MICHAELS with any questions.