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Barnes & Noble says PIN pads in 63 stores hacked

(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File) (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

Barnes & Noble Inc. says devices customers use to swipe credit and debit cards have been tampered with in 63 of its stores in nine states.

The New York-based company is warning customers to check for unauthorized transactions and to change their personal identification numbers, or PINs. It hasn't said how many accounts may have been compromised.

Barnes & Noble  says the tampering of devices was a "sophisticated criminal effort" to steal information

The bookseller. said in a statement Tuesday only 1 of the devices, known as PIN pads, was tampered with in each of the 63 stores. The stores are in California, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

The criminals apparently planted bugs in the tampered devices, allowing for the capture of credit card and PIN numbers.

The company says it disconnected all the PIN pads in its nearly 700 stores nationwide on Sept. 14 after learning of the tampering. Federal authorities are helping in its investigation.

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