Nordstorm’s flagship store in Seattle suffered a breach that exposed some of its employees' sensitive information. Although the company has not revealed the number of employees affected by the breach, Nordstorm has begun notifying its employees as a part of breach notification rules.
Nordstorm revealed that it discovered the breach on October 9, 2018, after it learned that a contract employee had improperly handled its staffers' data. The information compromised in the breach includes employees' names, social security numbers, dates of birth, checking accounts and routing numbers, salaries and more.
Some employees, who do not have regular access to corporate e-mail accounts, have been notified by managers of the firm. A social media post confirmed that some ex-employees of the firm have also received the notification letter about the breach.
According to Nordstorm, there is no evidence of any customer data being misused, the Seattle Timesreported. “We have no evidence data was shared or used inappropriately,” the company said in a statement, the Seattle Times reported.
The company has also notified law enforcement agencies about the breach and is currently investigating the issue.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we are notifying our employees so they can take the appropriate steps to monitor for any potentially unauthorized activity,” said the firm.
In response to the situation, Nordstorm is offering free identity theft and credit momitoring services to the affected employees for a year. The firm also warned its employees to remain vigilant and periodically review their credit reports, DataBreaches.net reported.