LA-Based Forever 21 Addresses Data Breach

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Payment card information compromised betweet March and October 2017

Forever 21, the women's, men's and kids fashion retailer headquartered in Los Angeles is notifying its customers that it recently received a report from a third party that suggested there may have been unauthorized access to data from payment cards that were used at certain Forever 21 stores. Forever 21 immediately began an investigation of its payment card systems and engaged a leading security and forensics firm to assist.

Because of the encryption and tokenization solutions that Forever 21 implemented in 2015, it appears that only certain point of sale devices in some Forever 21 stores were affected when the encryption on those devices was not operating. The company's investigation is focused on card transactions in Forever 21 stores from March 2017 – October 2017. Because the investigation is continuing, complete findings are not available, and it is too early to provide further details on the investigation, the company said.

Forever 21 expects to provide an additional notice as it gets further clarity on the specific stores and time frames that may have been involved.  

Customers are encouraged to closely monitor their payment card statements. If they see an unauthorized charge, they should immediately notify the bank that issued the card. Payment card network rules generally state that cardholders are not responsible for such charges.

"We regret that this incident occurred and apologize for any inconvenience," the company said. "We will continue to work to address this matter."

For more information, please visit www.forever21.com/protecting_our_customers.

Anabel Marquez