Loblaw says it is urging members of its PC Plus program to be vigilant with passwords following recent report indicating that points were stolen from some members’ account by hackers.
“We are treating this as a breach as individual member accounts were accessed and points were stolen,” said Kevin Groh, the company’s vice-president of corporate affairs and communication, in a statement.
In the interim, Global News announced that Canadian Tire close down client access to online records this week in light of a legitimate concern for ensuring their own data.
Those attempting to get to their focuses and charge card data on their PCs rather observed a message saying that the sign-in alternative was “briefly inaccessible” and the organization was dealing with the issue.
Groh is recommending that you check your passwords and to not use the same password for multiple sites.
These combinations were stolen from other sites and used to access PC Plus accounts, according to Groh.
In an email to PC Plus members sent late last month, Loblaw pointed to sites like Yahoo and LinkedIn, which were both hacked in recent years.
Groh said Lobraw has also proactively sent notices to its PC Points members encouraging them to ensure their passwords are unique, complex, private and regularly changed.
Loblaw also notified law enforcement, Groh said.
Groh said Loblaw’s IT security team is monitoring unusual activity and is investigating any possibility of underlying IT vulnerabilities.