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Wisconsin Michaels stores involved with major data breach

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Seventeen Michaels' arts and crafts stores in Wisconsin were affected by a recent data breach.  

That's what the company confirmed Thursday, when it offered a free year of identity theft protection and credit monitoring to the affected customers.  

An estimated 2.6 million debit and credit cards had data stolen from Michaels' stores nationally from last May through January 19th.

Hackers used malicious software to steal the cards' payment numbers and expiration dates. Michaels said no personal information was taken -- and customers names and addresses remain safe along with their PIN numbers.  

The Wisconsin stores affected by the breach are in Brookfield, Brown Deer, Eau Claire, Germantown, Grafton, Grand Chute, Green Bay, Janesville, Madison, Middleton, Milwaukee, Mount Pleasant, New Berlin, Onalaska, Plover, Wausau, and West Allis.  

More information is available online at Michaels.Com.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)