Neiman Marcus Says 1.1 Million Cards Affected by Data Breach

In this Wednesday, March 11, 2009 file photo, the Chicago skyline is reflected in the exterior of Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

[Business Week]

In this Wednesday, March 11, 2009 file photo, the Chicago skyline is reflected in the exterior of Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
In this Wednesday, March 11, 2009 file photo, the Chicago skyline is reflected in the exterior of Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Neiman Marcus Group Ltd., the luxury retailer, said about 1.1 million credit cards may have been compromised in a data breach that occurred last year.

Visa, MasterCard and Discover have notified the Dallas-based department store chain that about 2,400 cards used at its stores between July 16 and Oct. 30 were used fraudulently, according to a statement today. Online shoppers weren’t affected, the company said.

Closely held Neiman Marcus is the second U.S. retailer to announce a customer data-security breach. Minneapolis-based Target Corp. (TGT:US) has said as many as 110 million customer accounts were compromised during the holiday shopping season by the theft of information including names, home and e-mail addresses as well as credit and debit card data.

On Dec. 17, the chain received a report that about 122 MasterCards had been used in one of its stores, the company said in a Jan. 22 letter to Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut.

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