Update: Michaels Now Investigating Data Breach at its Stores Nationwide

Consumers still reeling from a massive data breach at Target stores and the theft of financial information from luxury department store Neiman Marcus got more bad news this week: Michaels Stores Inc, the nation’s largest arts-and-crafts retailer, now says that it, too, is investigating fraud on cards used at its outlets across the country.

News & Notes: Here’s What’s Happening Around the Northwest

BECU plans to brand 138 ATMs at Rite Aid stores throughout Washington; Peninsula Credit Union donates $13,482.50 to Credit Unions for Kids; two more credit unions are taking the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.

Target Confirms Massive Data Breach; 40 Million Cards May Be Affected

Financial institutions and consumers are reeling this morning from news of a massive data breach at Target stores nationwide that could affect as many as 40 million credit and debit card accounts, making it potentially one of the largest retail breaches in U.S. history.

Hacked Grocery Chain Urging Customers to Pay By Cash or Check

Shoppers at Yoke’s Fresh Markets and Rosauers grocery stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana are being urged this week to pay by cash or check while investigators try to secure a computer network that was hacked over the past two months.

Credit Unions Say Debit-Card Fraud May Be Linked to Wholesale Grocer’s Stores

Credit unions in eastern Washington, Idaho and Montana are being urged to watch for unauthorized debit- and credit-card transactions this week as the U.S. Secret Service continues to investigate a rash of fraud cases that may be linked to a local grocery wholesaler.