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More retailers may have been hit in credit card breach

(NEWSCHANNEL 3) - There is a news alert Tuesday morning for anyone who may have been affected by the Target credit card breach.

The cyber-attack compromised credit card numbers and other personal information of 70 million Target customers.

Now we're learning there could soon be even more retailers reporting similar attacks.

A report from the cyber watch group Intelcrawler claims at least six other retailers have yet to tell customers they've been hacked as well.

We're told the online credit card processing systems of those stores are infected with the same type of malware, malicious software used in the Target breach.

The report claims the very first sample of the malware was created in March of 2013, hitting stores in Australia, Canada and the U.S.

Experts say the person who made that malware shared it so other hackers could also download it.

"Once it's identified, then the security community can rally around it and put controls in place. But the problem is, the hackers know that. So they manipulate or mutate this malware, and then re-use it," said Ken Stasiak, CEO of SecureState.

Neiman Marcus came forward just a few days ago, telling customers that hackers may have stolen their credit card information similar to the Target breach.

The six U.S. merchants mentioned in the Intelcrawler report have not yet been identified.

Of course we'll be sure to stay on top of this developing story and keep you updated.