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[ISN] TJX holds sale related to breach of consumer data


By Jenn Abelson
Globe Staff 
January 22, 2009 

Framingham discounter TJX Cos. today is holding its long-anticipated 
"Customer Appreciation" sale, related to the massive consumer data 
breach that compromised as many as 100 million accounts.

The one-day promotion, advertised yesterday for the first time, gives 
customers 15 percent off purchases, excluding gift cards and layaways. 
The sale is being held at more than 2,100 TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, 
and A.J. Wright stores nationwide.

"TJX has chosen to hold a previously planned, one-time Customer 
Appreciation Day to express our appreciation to our customers for their 
continued support and patronage following the criminal attack(s) on our 
computer systems announced two years ago," Sherry Lang, a TJX 
spokeswoman, said in a statement.

Hackers stole millions of credit and debit card numbers, along with 
hundreds of thousands of driver's license numbers, from TJX's systems 
dating back to 2002 in the largest theft of personal data ever reported. 
A Ukrainian man who authorities allege played a key role in the breach 
was sentenced to 30 years in prison in Turkey this month in an unrelated 


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