Shopped at a Barnes & Noble brick-and-mortar store lately? If so, keep a close eye on your bank account. The book vendor issued a statement today warning that it's aware of tampering with PIN pad devices at 63 of its stores spanning from California to Rhode Island, and several states in between. B&N called it a "sophisticated criminal effort" in which a single PIN pad was compromised in each of the 63 locations.
"The criminals planted bugs in the tampered PIN pad devices, allowing for the capture of credit card and PIN numbers," B&N said. "Barnes & Noble disconnected all PIN pads from its stores nationwide by close of business September 14, and customers can securely shop with credit cards through the company's cash registers. Barnes & Noble said it is committed to providing customers with a safe shopping environment."
B&N's warning comes more than a month after it was aware of criminal activity, giving the crooks responsible plenty of time to wreak havoc with people's credit and debit card information. Looking to downplay the incident, B&N says fewer than 1 percent of PIN pads were tampered with, though that will come as little consolation for people who have shopped at one of the affected locations in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
If you've shopped at one of the stores with affected PIN pads , B&N recommends keeping a close eye on your bank account and changing the PIN on your debit card.