Bricks-and-Mortar Security Fail: PIN Pads Tampered With at B&N

[Press Release]

Barnes & Noble Detects Tampering with PIN Pad Devices at Stores

October 24, 2012; New York – Barnes & Noble (BKS) has detected tampering with PIN pad devices used in 63 of its stores. Upon detecting evidence of tampering, which was limited to one compromised PIN pad in each of the affected stores, Barnes & Noble discontinued use of all PIN pads in its nearly 700 stores nationwide. The company also notified federal law enforcement authorities, and has been supporting a federal government investigation into the matter.

Barnes & Noble has completed an internal investigation that involved the inspection and validation of every PIN pad in every store.  The tampering, which affected fewer than 1% of pin pads in Barnes & Noble stores, was a sophisticated criminal effort to steal credit card information, debit card information, and debit card PIN numbers from customers who swiped their cards through PIN pads when they made purchases.  This situation involved only purchases in which a customer swiped a credit or debit card in a store using one of the compromised PIN pads.

The company emphasized that its customer database is secure. Purchases on Barnes &, NOOK and NOOK mobile apps were not affected. The member database was also not affected. None of the affected PIN pads was discovered at Barnes & Noble College Bookstores.

Barnes & Noble is continuing to assist federal law enforcement authorities in this matter. In addition, the company is working with banks, payment card brands and issuers to identify accounts that may have been compromised, so banks and issuers can employ enhanced fraud security measures on potentially impacted accounts.

The criminals planted bugs in the tampered PIN pad devices, allowing for the capture of credit card and PIN numbers.  Barnes & Noble disconnected all PIN pads from its stores nationwide by close of business September 14, and customers can securely shop with credit cards through the company’s cash registers.  Barnes & Noble said it is committed to providing customers with a safe shopping environment.

Tampered PIN pads were discovered from stores in the following states: CA, CT, FL, IL, MA, NJ, NY, PA, RI. A complete list of specific stores follows.

Store Address   City    State   Zip
4735 Commons Way        Calabasas       CA      91302
2470 Tuscany Street Suite 101   Corona  CA      92881
2015 Birch Road Suite 700       Chula Vista     CA      91915
313 Corte Madera Town Center    Corte Madera    CA      94925
5604 Bay Street Emeryville      CA      94608
810 West Valley Parkway Escondido       CA      92025
1315 E. Gladstone Street        Glendora        CA      91740
5183 Montclair Plaza Lane       Montclair       CA      91763
894 Marsh St Bldg G     San Luis Obispo CA      93401
2615 Vista Way  Oceanside       CA      92054
72-840 Highway 111 Suite 425    Palm Desert     CA      92260
27460 West Lugonia Ave  Redlands        CA      92374
1150 El Camino Real Space 277   San Bruno       CA      94066
10775 Westview Parkway  San Diego       CA      92126
3600 Stevens Creek Blvd San Jose        CA      95117
11 West Hillsdale Blvd. San Mateo       CA      94403
9938 Mission Gorge Road Santee  CA      92071
40570 Winchester Rd     Temecula        CA      92591
4820 Telephone Road     Ventura CA      93003
1149 S. Main St.        Walnut Creek    CA      94596
470 Universal Drive North       North Haven     CT      06473
100 Greyrock Place Suite H009   Stamford        CT      06901
60 Isham Road   W. Hartford     CT      06107
18711 NE Biscayne Blvd  Aventura        FL      33180
333 N. Congress Avenue  Boynton Beach   FL      33436
152 Miracle Mile        Coral Gables    FL      33134
1900 W International Spdway     Daytona Beach   FL      32114
2051 N. Federal Highway Fort Lauderdale FL      33305
12405 N Kendall Drive   Miami   FL      33186
11380 Legacy Ave        Palm Beach Gardens      FL      33410
14572 SW 5th St Suite 10140     Pembroke Pines  FL      33027
11820 Pines Blvd        Pembroke Pines  FL      33026
5701 Sunset Drive Suite 196     S. Miami        FL      33143
700 Rosemary Ave Unit #104      West Palm Beach FL      33401
1441 West Webster Avenue        Chicago IL      60614
1130 North State Street Chicago IL      60610
5380 Route 14   Crystal Lake    IL      60014
20600 North Rand Road   Deer Park       IL      60010
728 North Waukegan Road Deerfield       IL      60015
1630 Sherman Avenue     Evanston        IL      60201
1468 Springhill Mall Blvd       W. Dundee       IL      60118
170 Boylston Street     Chestnut Hill   MA      02467
96 Derby Street Suite 300       Hingham MA      02043
82 Providence Highway   East Walpole    MA      2032
395 Route 3 East        Clifton NJ      07014
55 Parsonage Road       Edison  NJ      08837
2134 State Highway 35   Holmdel NJ      07733
4831 US Hwy 9   Howell  NJ      07731
23-80 Bell Blvd.        Bayside NY      11360
176-60 Union Turnpike   Fresh Meadows   NY      11366
1542 Northern Blvd      Manhasset       NY      11030
160 E 54th Street (Citicorp)    New York        NY      10022
2289 Broadway   New York        NY      10024
33 East 17th Street (Union Square)      New York        NY      10003
555 Fifth Ave   New York        NY      10017
2245 Richmond Avenue    Staten Island   NY      10314
230 Main St     White Plains    NY      10601
97 Warren Street        New York        NY      10007
100 West Bridge Street  Homestead       PA      15120
800 Settlers Ridge Center Drive Pittsburgh      PA      15205
1311 West Main Road     Middleton       RI      02842
371 Putnam Pike  Suite 330      Smithfield      RI      02917
1350-B Bald Hill Rd     Warwick RI      02886

As a precaution, customers and employees who have swiped their cards at any of the Barnes & Noble stores with affected PIN pads should take the following steps:

Debit Card Users:

·         Change the PIN numbers on their debit cards
·         Review their accounts for unauthorized transactions
·         Notify their banks immediately if they discover any unauthorized purchases or withdrawals

Credit Card Users:

·         Review their statements for any unauthorized transactions
·         Notify their card-issuing banks if they discover any unauthorized purchases or cash advances

For additional information and updates, visit the Barnes & Noble website at Customers may also call 1-888-471-7809, between the hours 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, with questions.

About Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE:BKS) is a Fortune 500 company and the leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The company operates 689 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s largest e-commerce sites, ( Its NOOK Media LLC subsidiary is a leader in the emerging digital reading and digital education markets.  The NOOK digital business offers award-winning NOOK® products and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store™ (, while Barnes & Noble College Booksellers, LLC operates 667 bookstores serving over 4.6 million students and faculty members at colleges and universities across the United States. Barnes & Noble is proud to be named a J.D. Power and Associated 2012 Customer Service Champion and is one of only 50 U.S. companies so named.  Barnes & is ranked the number one online retailer in customer satisfaction in the book, music and video category and a Top 10 online retailer overall in customer satisfaction according to ForeSee E-Retail Satisfaction Index (Spring Top 100 Edition).


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