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Texas Liquor Store Security Breach
April 02, 2014

One of Texas's largest liquor store chains, Spec's, is reporting that more than 550,000 of its customers' credit cards were compromised during a security breach that remained open for as long as 17 months. Read their full announcement here.

The sophisticated attack was orchestrated by hackers who went to great lengths to cover their tracks, and it took professional forensics investigators a considerable amount of time to identify and patch the security hole. 

The breach has been fixed now, and sensitive data is no longer being stolen. The company replaced cash registers and disabled malware that had been illegally installed on its systems. 

Here's a list of the stores affected by this breach.

Houston area stores

12901 Queensbury
14110 Stuebner Airline
14114 Stuebner Airline
1665 South Voss
1743 Fry
1900 S. Shepherd
2545 Kirby
5630 Richmond
5750 Woodway
5818 Memorial
8306 Southwest Freeway
4665 Garth Road, Baytown
1304 West Davis, Conroe
17996 FM 529, Cypress
13827 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land
10491 Kuykendahl, The Woodlands
4747 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands
4775 West Panther Creek, The Woodlands

Other stores affected

1600 Texas Ave., College Station
3505 Longmire, College Station
10529 South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi
4318 Ayers , Corpus Christi
4733 South Alameda, Corpus Christi
620 Old Robstown , Corpus Christi
6401 Weber, Corpus Christi
11411 Gateway Blvd. West, El Paso
5100 Montana Ave., El Paso
7933 North Mesa, El Paso
15540 FM 624, Robstown
1219 N. Texas Ave., Bryan
4804 Doniphan Drive, El Paso
4530 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood
2230 Buckthorne Place, The Woodlands
9420 College Park, The Woodlands

 

If you feel your information may be at risk please refer to Spec's announcement here.

BBB has these tips to ensure the security of your credit card information

  • Closely monitor your credit/debit card statements for any unusual activity
  • Immediately report any suspicious activity on your monthly statement to your bank
  • Request a free annual credit report