Michaels Stores In Minnesota Affected By Data Breach

(Irving, TX) -- Arts and crafts retailer Michaels says 23 of its stores in Minnesota including locations in Minneapolis, Bloomington and Eden Prairie, were part of a nationwide data breach last year and the early part of this year. The Texas-based company estimates the credit and debit card information of two-point-six million customers was compromised. Hackers stole the card numbers and expiration dates by gaining access to its computer system using highly sophisticated malware that hadn't been encountered previously by the company. The breach has been stopped, and a year of free identity theft protection and credit monitoring services are being offered to customers through AllClear ID.