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Bookstore hit in credit card skimming hack attack

By Gurman Sahota, May 9 2019 —

The University of Calgary confirmed that its bookstore was hit by a hacking attack, making this campus one of nearly 200 across North America compromised by such attacks.

The attack included skimming of credit cards while users were making online purchases and taking personal information during transactions. As a precautionary measure, the Bookstore website has been modified to only allow shoppers to view products, not make online purchases, until the incident is resolved.

“The online Bookstore was affected by a security incident involving a third-party vendor,” said director of ancillary services Shane Royal in a statement. “We are working to restore this service and the university will be taking steps to notify the individuals affected by this incident.”

Little else is known about the attack thus far, as the university aims to address the incident.

The Gauntlet will update the story as more information becomes available.



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