There's bad news for shoppers of bebe clothing stores. On Friday, the company confirmed what security blogger Brian Krebs had reportedthe day before: for most of the month of November, hackers managed to breach bebe stores' payment systems and steal customer data, possibly including their name (as it appears on the card), account number, the expiration date and verification code.
If you shopped with a payment card at a physical bebe store location in the U.S., Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands between Nov. 8 and Nov. 26, 2014, your information might be compromised. However, the company said that its website and mobile payment apps, as well as its physical stores in Canada and other international locations, were not affected.
"Our relationship with our customers is of the highest importance," said Jim Wiggett, Chief Executive Officer, bebe. "We moved quickly to block this attack and have taken steps to further enhance our security measures."
As usually happens in such cases, bebe stores is offering customers a year of free credit monitoring protection even though, as Krebs pointed out, such services “do nothing to help consumers block fraud on existing accounts.”
Whether you have professional credit monitoring or not – and, for that matter, even if you've never shopped at a bebe store or any other retailer known to have been hacked, you need to carefully scrutinize your credit-card statements every month, to ensure that you recognize and authorized each and every one of them.