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"On January 9, 2014, Easton-Bell determined that this malware intrusion may have resulted in an unauthorized individual having accessed your information," Easton-Bell executive chairman and CEO Terry G. Lee wrote in the notification letter [PDF]. "Upon discovery, we immediately shut down the affected servers and took steps to prevent further access to your information, including cleaning and rebuilding the affected servers. We have also hired a highly experienced computer forensic specialist to conduct an exhaustive investigation of this matter. We are also working with our vendor on additional measures that can be taken to prevent such incidents in the future."
The company, whose brands include Easton, Bell Helmets, Riddell, Giro, Blackburn and Easton Cycling, says customers who made online purchases between December 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013 may be affected -- according to Reuters, that includes approximately 6,000 people.
The personal information potentially exposed includes customer names, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses, credit card numbers, and credit card security codes.
All potentially affected customers are being offered one year of free identity protection services from AllClear ID.
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