New security breach impacts El Paso Spec's liquor stores
POSTED: Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 5:43pm
UPDATED: Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 9:57pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — A new security breach has hit El Paso Spec's stores. The Houston-based wine and liquor seller confirmed its network was hit by hackers, compromising the information of customers and employees.
Spec's officials said it happened at 34 stores around Texas, including four El Paso locations. One of the El Paso stores is now closed.
The company said the attack on customer information began October 31, 2012 and went all the way until March 20, 2014.
Spec's estimates less than 5-percent of customer transactions may have been compromised. The information exposed may include certain payment card information including name, credit or debit card number, card expiration date, and/or card security code, or check information including bank account number, bank routing number, date of birth, and/or driver’s license number.
The company has apologized to its customers.
At Spec’s, we view our customers and our employees as part of our family and we are deeply distressed by this crime against the whole Spec’s family,” said owners John and Lindy Rydman in a statement. “We are so sorry for the worry and inconvenience we know this will cause those whose data may have been stolen. We are committed to protecting our customers and employees, strengthening our systems against any future attacks, and fully assisting with an active criminal investigation by the United States Secret Service.”
The company is also provided one year of free fraud resolution services.
The full statement to customers is attached below.