EMERYVILLE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Art.com, Inc., an online retailer of posters, prints and framed art, operating websites including Art.com and Allposters.com, today issued the following notice to its customers alerting them that a criminal internet “hacker” recently broke through Art.com’s multiple security layers and illegally gained access to names and encrypted credit card account numbers for some transactions made on its websites from July through September. To date, the company is unaware of any unauthorized use of those credit card numbers or any attempted identity theft related to the intrusion.

Michael Heinstein, Chief Executive Officer of Art.com, Inc. stated: “We value our customers tremendously and understand how important security is to them. This is why we have acted to notify affected customers and credit card companies as quickly as possible after vigorously investigating this event. In addition, we quickly took additional steps to secure our sites against any future attacks of this type.”

Art.com, Inc. does not store information such as social security or driver’s license numbers in connection with customer purchase transactions, so customers have no reason to be concerned that such information was accessed. The company regrets any inconvenience this may cause its customers and is doing everything it can to ensure that nothing like this happens again.