Maybe Goodwill Industries Had a Data Breach

Published On July 24, 2014 | By Tom Huskerson | Breach Briefs, News and Analysis

goodwill_logoGoodwill Industries Inc.,one of America’s biggest and best known non-profit organizations is working with federal officials to investigate the possibility of a data breach. 

Based in Rockville, Maryland, Goodwill says it was notified Friday by fraud investigators for a payment card processor and federal authorities who said payment card numbers may have been stolen from some it’s U.S. stores. The investigation is ongoing but so far no data breach has been discovered.

Goodwill reported more that $3.7 billion in sales and operates 2,900 stores in the U.S. Sales from Goodwill Stores are used to fund jobs programs. 

According to Goodwill it is currently working with credit card providers the Secret Service and other fraud investigators to determine definitively if a breach occurred.

Data breaches have become a common occurence. Sadly it is sometime months before the consumer is told of these breaches. For the biggest breaches of 2014 check out

Breaking It Down

Yeah maybe there was a breach maybe not. At least they are upfront about it but wait…when did the breach, if there was a breach, occur?

Data breaches worry me because I am not sure when I might be the victim of one of these things. I don’t know when it occurred. I don’t know how the credit card companies discovered the breach.  Something happened to set off alarms or we wouldn’t be speculating about what might have happened.

I am pointing this out because I want more openness when it comes to data breaches. I want to know if my information is out “in the wild” as soon as the stores, credit card companies or banks know. Not 60 days later or whatever the law says. Oh yeah; there is no one single law for data breaches. The companies decide when we should know.


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Tom Huskerson Bio Born in Richmond Virginia Tom Huskerson is a military veteran who settled in California after his discharge. Tom attended Santa Barbara City College where he began his writing career as a campus reporter. He worked as an intern news reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press writing feature stories before moving on to San Francisco. At San Francisco State University Tom studied broadcast communications and began to focus on the Internet. He completed his graduate thesis on Internet advertising. Tom was the first student to ever focus on the Internet as a graduate student at San Francisco State University. After graduation he went to work for Zona Research in California’s Silicone Valley. As a research associate Tom supported senior analyst writing on the latest developments in the Internet industry. During the dot com boom Tom worked for several web businesses as a market researcher and analyst. As a writer and researcher Tom has authored various technical works including a training program for Charles Schwab security. Other projects included professional presentations on workplace violence and hiring security contractors. Tom has also written both fiction and non-fiction works and blogging for a travel website. He has published two books of short stories and completed two novels. Tom is the owner of Scribe of Life Literature and Tom is not the chief editor for the OnTechStreet. com. A news and information blog that focuses on tech news for African-Americans. The blog is the result of his desire to inform the African American community of the dangers and benefits of the cyber age. In his blog Tom reports on information security, new and analysis, scams and hoaxes, legal happenings and various topics that arise from the age of information. Tom believes that technology is a necessary tool for black people and they should know what is happening. Tom writes believing that techno speak is for the professional and that valuable information can be communicated using plain language. As a result he has embraced the motto, Less Tech, More Knowledge.

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