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Report: Pizza giant becomes latest data breach victim

BY CSA STAFF

Pizza Hut is the newest chain to be compromised by cyber-thieves.

Cyber-criminals gained access to transaction data for orders placed on the company’s website or mobile app between the morning of Oct. 1 and midday Oct. 2. The company alerted customers via email about the attack on Saturday — almost two weeks after the incident occurred, according to The Miami Herald.

The incident was described as a “temporary security intrusion” since it lasted for about 28 hours. Pizza Hut’s correspondence with customers revealed that the hackers pilfered names, billing ZIP codes, delivery addresses, email addresses and payment card information — such as account numbers, expiration dates and CVV numbers, the report said.

Pizza Hut’s notification to customers explained that the intrusion impacted less than 1% of the company’s website visits — about 60,000 people — during the span of the breach.

Pizza Hut is talking to cybersecurity experts to further evaluate the incident and ensure they are protected against another attack. Affected customers are advised to look out for scams asking for personal information because of the hack, The Miami Herald reported.

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Report: Online giant designing its own sportswear line

BY CSA STAFF

Amazon is eyeing its next private-label category.

The online giant is partnering with two of the biggest athletic-apparel suppliers to create a new private-label sportswear line. While the project is in the early stages, Amazon expects the line to fill in inventory gaps across its existing private label categories, according to Bloomberg.

One company working with Amazon is Makalot Industrial Co. The manufacturer, which produces clothing for Gap Inc., Uniqlo and Kohl’s Corp., is already making apparel for the Amazon line. The online retailer is also working with Eclat Textile Co., which works with Nike, Lululemon Athletica and Under Armour, the report said.

According to Bloomberg, both manufacturers are producing small amounts of products for Amazon as part of a trial. However, long-term contracts haven’t yet been signed.

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eBay service ‘authenticates’ luxury handbags

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy

eBay’s new service is protecting its shoppers — and the company — from getting stuck with counterfeit designer handbags.

On Monday, the company introduced eBay Authenticate, a program that uses third-party industry experts to authenticate luxury handbags and exploit any counterfeit merchandise. The service verifies the authenticity of luxury handbags and wallets valued at $500 or more across 12 high-end brands, including Balenciaga, Burberry, Céline, Chanel, Christian Dior, Fendi, Goyard, Gucci, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Prada, and Valentino.

eBay collects 20% of the sale of verified merchandise, and sellers receive 80%. For a limited time, the online retailer is offering a similar service for luxury handbags valued at $250 or more. eBay claims 10% of the final sale price, and sellers will receive 90%, eBay said.

Here’s how the service works: Sellers with an eligible luxury bag logs onto a dedicated link on eBay’s website and selects “Sell with eBay Authenticate.” Sellers send in the handbag using a prepaid shipping label, or can visit a participating FedEx Office location that will pack and ship the bag for free.

Participating experts verify the handbag’s authenticity, and then photograph, list, sell, and ship the handbag to its buyer. Sellers’ fee, 80% of the final selling price, is nearly twice as much as comparable online services, eBay said on its blog.

In addition to giving customers more confidence making a purchase on eBay, the service will benefit the company in the long-run as a woman’s handbag is purchased every 13 seconds on eBay in the United States, the blog reported.

“We’re making it even easier for our buyers to shop quickly and confidently for luxury handbags,” said Laura Chambers, VP of consumer selling at eBay.

“With tens-of-thousands of high-end handbags currently available, eBay is primed to boost customer confidence in selling and shopping for an amazing selection of designer merchandise,” she added. “We also believe our sellers will love this service, as it provides them with a white-glove service when selling luxury handbags.”

eBay is already considering how to expand the program to other brands and categories in 2018, the blog reported.

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