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Coffee & Bagel Brands announced that it was targeted by hackers at hundreds of its locations from late August through early December.

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Caribou Coffee impacted by data breach

The owner of a popular chain of coffee and bagel shops that includes Caribou Coffee, Einstein Bros. Bagels and more says it noticed “unusual activity” on its network Nov. 28.

The breach, which affected point-of-sale systems at company-owned Caribou locations and elsewhere, was quickly closed upon discovery by a cyber security firm.

However, hackers did have access to the system from August 28 through December 3. It is possible they may have compromised the following info from payment terminals at that time:

  • Customer name
  • Debit or credit card number
  • Expiration date
  • Card security code

Any payments made through Caribou Coffee Perks account or other loyalty accounts are not affected by this breach. Nor were any catering orders placed online with sister companies including Bruegger’s Bagels, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Manhattan Bagel and Noah’s NY Bagels.

According to a data security notice, here’s a partial list of the 250+ potentially impacted Caribou Coffee locations:

You can see many other locations believed to have been exploited throughout Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin here.

In addition, company-owned Coffee and Bagels stores that may have been breached are listed here, while company-owned Bruegger’s locations also feared to be involved in this exploit are listed here.

Take steps to protect yourself now

If you want to shut potential identity thieves down before they wreak havoc in your life, a full-blown credit freeze is what you really need.

A credit freeze effectively shuts down a criminal’s ability to open new credit in your name even if they get your personal info in a breach.

Furthermore, if identity theft is a concern, be proactive and sign up for Credit Karma’s credit monitoring service, and a similar service from Credit Sesame. They’re both free!

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