April 12, 2006
Ross-Simons says security breach exposes customers
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ross-Simons, which sells specialty
merchandise through retail stores and more than 60 million
catalogs each year, late on Tuesday said a security breach
could allow unauthorized access to its customers' confidential
The company -- whose products includes jewelry, gifts and
home decorative merchandise -- said the data breach has
potential to harm individuals who had applied for its private
label credit card.
corrected and the matter is under investigation, Ross-Simons
said it may have exposed the private label credit card numbers
and other personal information of those that had applied for
"Ross-Simons has engaged an independent third party to
conduct an immediate external audit of its security
procedures," the company said in a statement, as the retailer
continues to notify all affected customers in order to minimize
their possible risks.
Officials of the Providence, Rhode Island-based company
could not immediately be reached for comment.