If you made a purchase through GameStop’s online store between September, 2016 and the first week of February, 2017, your credit card information may be in the hands of hackers.
According to Gamespot, GameStop issued a statement saying…
“GameStop recently received notification from a third party that it believed payment card data from cards used on the GameStop.com website was being offered for sale on a website,”
This followed on reports from leading security experts that GameStop may have been subject to some unlawful hacking, and credit card and personal information may have been accessed.
Reporter Brian Krebs at KrebsOnSecurity noted…
”Two sources in the financial industry told KrebsOnSecurity that they have received alerts from a credit card processor stating that Gamestop.com was likely compromised by intruders between mid-September 2016 and the first week of February 2017.”
Sadly this isn’t a week-old April Fools’ joke. The threat is real.
The company has advised users to quickly check in with their bank and void any unauthorized purchases they may have seen appearing on their statements.
GameStop apologized in their press statement, saying…
“”We regret any concern this situation may cause…GameStop would like to remind its customers that it is always advisable to monitor payment card account statements for unauthorized charges. If you identify such a charge, report it immediately to the bank that issued the card because payment card network rules generally state that cardholders are not responsible for unauthorized charges that are timely reported,”
Not every company is okay with chargebacks, and it could run afoul of some service agreements. So be sure to check with your bank before unslinging the .22 calibers of chargebacks.
This also comes at a time where GameStop recently announced more than 150 stores closing across the nation, and they’re desperately trying to make bank on the big Nintendo Switch sales, so this is definitely one of the worst times for GameStop to be encountering this issue.