Neiman Marcus Announces Employee Data Theft

April 24, 2007 ( - Dallas-based high-end retailer Neiman Marcus announced on Tuesday that thieves apparently had made off with computer equipment containing private information on about 160,000 current and former employees from a benefits consultant.

A news release said the company is notifying affected individuals about the theft and helping them arrange for monitoring their credit reports for any unusual activity.

The company has no reason to believe that the data contained in the files on the computer equipment was the target of the theft nor that the information has been accessed or misused,” Neiman Marcus said in the announcement.

The company said the two-year-old data covered the current or former workers at Neiman Marcus Stores, Neiman Marcus Direct, Bergdorf Goodman, Horchow, Horchow Finale, Last Call, Chefs Catalog, and Contempo Casuals and individuals receiving a Neiman Marcus Group pension. The data includedSocial Security numbers and salary information.

“The Neiman Marcus Group takes the security of personal information very seriously and we deeply regret that this incident occurred,” said Burt Tansky, Chairman and CEO of The Neiman Marcus Group, in the announcement.

In March,retailer TJX Cos. Inc. said information from 45.7 million credit and debit cards belonging to customers was stolen in a computer security breach over 18 months through mid-January.