top of page

Fashion Retailer Forever 21 Faces Major Data Breach Affecting Over Half a Million Individuals



Mett.Ai Tech Desk

Unauthorized Access to Company Systems Sparks Concerns About Data Security and Payment Speculations

Fashion giant Forever 21 has experienced a significant data breach, putting at risk the personal information of over 539,000 individuals. This breach occurred over a three-month period starting in early January 2023, during which unauthorized parties gained access to the company's systems and data, as reported in a data breach notice submitted to the Maine Attorney General's office.

As reported by Tech Crunch, Lorena Terroba Urruchua, who serves as a spokesperson for Forever 21, communicated via the public relations firm FTI Consulting. She revealed that the data breach had exposed sensitive information belonging to both current and former employees. The compromised information includes names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, bank account numbers, and particulars regarding employees' participation in the Forever 21 health plan, such as enrollment records and premium payments.

While the breach notification released by Forever 21 refrained from providing detailed insights into the incident, it did confirm the breach's occurrence. The company did assert that it has implemented measures to prevent the unauthorized third party from accessing the stolen data. However, the wording of the notice has led to concerns and speculation regarding whether the company might have entered into a payment arrangement with the hackers to secure the deletion of the data.

The ambiguity in Forever 21's statement alludes to the common tactics employed by ransomware and extortion groups, which often threaten to disclose stolen data unless the victim fulfills their monetary demands. Security experts have consistently cautioned against placing trust in such threats, as verifying the complete deletion of the data is virtually impossible.

This data breach incident marks the second major cybersecurity lapse for Forever 21 in recent years. The company previously suffered a massive breach in 2017, involving the theft of credit card numbers from its point-of-sale machines in physical stores.

In the midst of this security crisis, Forever 21 had recently announced a partnership with retail giant Shein. The collaboration aimed to facilitate cross-brand outreach to customers. Shein also intended to acquire a significant stake in Forever 21's operator, Sparc Group. However, uncertainties loom over whether this partnership might be impacted by the news of Forever 21's data breach.

It is essential to note that the breach exclusively impacted the personal information of current and former Forever 21 employees, not customers. As concerns about data security and privacy continue to mount, the fashion giant's response to this breach will undoubtedly be closely scrutinized.

Latest News


Professor Graham Morgan Unveils the Transformative Power of Game Development Beyond Entertainment

From Healthcare to AI-driven Finance: How Game Technology is Shaping Diverse Fields and Future Careers


Google Removes Controversial Live Video Chat App Chamet from Play Store Over UGC Violations

Chamet's Removal Highlights Google's Commitment to Ensuring Safe and Appropriate App Content


INA and GDS Partner to Transform Indonesia's Data Center Landscape

Collaboration Sets the Stage for Nationwide Data Center Expansion and Pioneering Tech Advancements in Indonesia

bottom of page