On december 22, 2017, National Stores received an alert that its point-of-sale systems were affected by malware, and that customer payment card info may have been accessed without authorization. National Stores immediately launched an investigation and engaged digital cybersecurity firms to assist with the investigation. national Stores also contacted the Federal bureau of investigation and payment card brands to prevent fraudulent action on defrayal cards that may hold been affected. The affected payment card holders have not yet been identified, although National Stores is diligently attempting to fare so. The number of affected North Carolina residents is therefore unknown. We experience entered the number 1 as there is not a mechanism to submit the report with an unknown number.