At some point, you have to wonder if any database that can be hacked will be hacked
. With so much of the world's precious information stored on drives in the forms of 1s and 0s, what's to stop ill-willed individuals from doing to every other company what they did last year to Target
, for example? Clearly, not much, as UPS has fallen victim to a data breach of its own.
The logistics outfit said that "a breach of computer systems at UPS Store retail outlets may have exposed customers’ personal and payment data at some locations this year." Malware was pinpointed at 51 locations across 24 states. Sure, that's only 1 percent of its nearly 5,000 franchise stores, but a whopping 105,000 transactions were impacted. UPS has yet to confirm exactly how many customers were affected, but at this point, it's becoming clearer that no company has the framework in place to protect your information in guaranteed fashion.
For what it's worth, it is helpful that each franchised UPS store runs independently, so that the networks were intertwined across the nation. Still, you could be at-risk if you used a credit or debit card at one of those impacted locations between 01/20 and 08/11 of this year. As always, keep a close eye on your cards and make sure no strange transactions go through.