Major US e-tailer's card system compromised

It looks like another major e-tailer in the US has had its card transaction database hacked, with the result that tens of thousands of shoppers from across the US, Canada and the UK may have had their card security compromised.

According to newswire reports, the TJX group of companies, which includes TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, experienced a network intrusion sometime in mid-December.

In a prepared statement, TJX said that data collected from its stores in the UK was also affected by the systems hack.

"While TJX has specifically identified some customer information that has been stolen from its systems, the full extent of the theft and affected customers is not yet known," the company said in its statement.

TJX says it has hired IBM and General Dynamics to "monitor and evaluate" the intrusion, and to help the company identify the extent of the data compromise.

I knew TJ Maxx was a cheap - sorry, economically-priced - store, but didn't realise its economical approach extended to its IT systems...