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The largest US bookseller, Barnes and Noble, says shoppers may have had credit card data stolen after keypads in 63 stores were tampered with.
The chain said that a "sophisticated criminal effort" had planted bugs on one pad in each store.
By 14 September, Barnes and Noble had disconnected all keypads in its almost 700 stores.
The firm says purchases made on its website and on Nook, its e-reader device, were not affected.
Barnes and Noble Says Credit Card Data May Have been Stolen [bbc.co.uk]