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Michaels stores in Michigan affected by data breach

A Michaels arts and crafts store is seen in the Loma Portal area of San Diego, California January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson
A Michaels arts and crafts store is seen in the Loma Portal area of San Diego, California January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Sam Hodgson

PORTAGE (WKZO) -- Arts and crafts retailer Michaels says 35 of its stores in Michigan were part of a nationwide data breach last year and the early part of this year.

The Texas-based company estimates the credit and debit card information of 2.6-million customers was compromised. Hackers stole the card numbers and expiration dates by gaining access to its computer system using highly sophisticated malware that hadn't been encountered previously by the company.

The breach has been stopped, and a year of free identity theft protection and credit monitoring services are being offered to customers through AllClear ID.

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