By Kate Tummarello - 08/21/14 09:06 AM EDT
Some of UPS's locations were hacked earlier this year, possibly exposing customers’ financial information, the delivery company said Wednesday.
“Certain customers' information, who used a credit or debit card at the 51 impacted franchised center locations between January 20, 2014 and August 11, 2014, may have been exposed,” The UPS Store, Inc. said in a statement.
UPS said it hired a security firm to investigate the breach, after the U.S. government sent a notice warning of a potential hack to U.S. retailers.
"As soon as we became aware of the potential malware intrusion, we deployed extensive resources to quickly address and eliminate this issue,” UPS Store President Tim Davis said in a statement.
“Our customers can be assured that we have identified and fully contained the incident,” he continued, apologizing “for any anxiety this may have caused our customers.”
“At The UPS Store the trust of our customers is of utmost importance.”
According to the company, the data breach affected 51 of its 4,470 locations between Jan. 20 and Aug. 11 of this year.
The UPS data breach comes after a series of high-profile data breaches in the last year — including at retail giant Target, where a data breach exposed the financial and personal data of tens of millions of customers — and increased pressure on Congress to create standards for how companies must protect against and respond to data breaches.