Secret Service could be investigating a data breach at Sears

Sears (NYSE: SHLD) could be the most recent victim of a security breach.

The Secret Service is reportedly investigating a possible security breach at Sears, a person familiar with the investigation told Bloomberg. The person, who asked not to be named because the matter is under investigation, didn't disclose details.

"There have been rumors and reports throughout the retail industry of security incidents at various retailers, and we are actively reviewing our systems to determine if we have been a victim of a breach," said Howard Riefs, a Sears spokesman in an emailed statement. "We have found no information based on our review of our systems to date indicating a breach."

News of the investigation follows several security breaches at U.S. retailers, beginning with news that roughly 70 million credit- and debit-card customers had had personal information exposed to hackers from Nov. 27 – Dec. 15, 2013.

Since then, Neiman Marcus and Michaels Stores revealed their security systems had been compromised. There's a long and detailed timeline of events, and now it appears that Sears could be added to the list.

For more:
-See this Bloomberg story

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