Seattle-based retailer Nordstrom is informing their employees that their information was exposed in a security breach. Nordstrom hasn’t released just how many were impacted by this event, but they are alerting everyone this week.
Information Security Breach
Nordstrom had about 72,500 full- and part-time employees last year in 2017 corresponding to an annual financial report. For the holiday season in December, Nordstrom had 76,000 employees on the payroll.
Exposed information in this data breach consisted of names, social security numbers, birth dates, bank account numbers, salaries, among other personal information.
Most employees of Nordstrom received an email notification which included an apology from the co-President, Blake Nordstrom, on Wednesday, informing them of the breach.
Those without access to corporate email accounts were shown breach notifications by managers when they arrived to work.
The Cause of the Breach
Nordstrom has suspicions that a contract worker may have improperly handled some Nordstrom employee data. They revoked his access and installed additional security measures to prevent this from happening again. Nordstrom is still investigating the security breach and the causes.
“We have no evidence data was shared or used inappropriately,” the company said in a statement. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying our employees so they can take the appropriate steps to monitor for any potential unauthorized activity.”
Nordstrom is offering affected workers 24 months of identity-protection services provided by AllClear ID, an Austin, Texas-based company.
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