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New data breach hits Sears and Delta customers; heres what you need to know
Delta Air Lines and Sears announced on Thursday that customer information from the two brands may be exposed in a data breach. - photo by Herb Scribner
Delta Air Lines and Sears both announced on Thursday that customer information from the two brands may have been exposed in a data breach, according to multiple reports.

Both clients use a software service that suffered from a cybersecurity breach that could affect online customer payment information, according to MarketWatch.

The cyber attack occurred last year from Sept. 26 and Oct. 12.

Delta and Sears said they learned about the breach last week.

Delta said in a statement that all personal details related to passports, government identification and SkyMiles credit card info were not impacted.

However, the company said certain customer payment information was breached.

At this point, even though only a small subset of our customers would have been exposed, we cannot say definitively whether any of our customers' information was actually accessed or subsequently compromised, the company said.

Delta said it will launch a response website for concerned customers.

The company said that if our customers' payment cards were used fraudulently as a result of the cyber incident, we will ensure our customers are not responsible for that activity.

Meanwhile, Sears said the threat obtained information on customers credit card information for nearly 100,000 customers, according to CNBC.

However, Sears said in a statement that its stores were not compromised and it will have no impact on Sears-branded credit cards.

In response, Sears has also launched a website for concerned customers, as well as an express hotline.

It is important to note that the policies of most credit card companies state that customers have no liability for any unauthorized charges if they report them in a timely manner, the companys statement said.

Last Friday, Under Armour announced that a data breach stole information from nearly 150 million people who use the companys MyFitnessPal app, according to the Deseret News. Specifically, the hack stole peoples usernames, emails and passwords.

Under Armour said that peoples payment information was not stolen in the breach.

The companys data breach comes at the same time as Facebook announced that third-party data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly bought 87 million peoples data, opposed to the original estimate of 50 million people.

As the Deseret News reported this week, companies often use our online habits to sell target ads and make money.

"The fact that I bought a pair of socks is not that damaging, but if suddenly you know everything I purchase, where I live, what sites I like to visit, all the public data associated with me, including my personal address, my business address, my contact information suddenly you have a lot of really important data about me, Charlotte Tschider, an international cybersecurity and privacy consultant in Minneapolis who teaches at the Mitchell Hamline School of Law, told the Deseret News. And I probably would change how I felt about you having that data if I knew how much data you actually have.
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