According to results announced on Tuesday, Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA stores were not affected by a recent national data security issue.


Investigations into the issue began in July, according to an announcement by Goodwill Industries International.


Approximately 20 stores were discovered to have been affected.


The cause seems to have been a third-party payment card-processing vendor used by those 20 Goodwill stores, according to a release.


That particular vendor is not used by Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA stores.


“While a third-party forensic expert discovered evidence that a payment card processing vendor used by 20 Goodwill organizations nationwide had been attacked by malware, the investigation also found no evidence of compromise of any data from shoppers of Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA,” as stated in a press release.


Goodwill's mission is to “assist the unemployed and underemployed in our community,” according to James K. Stiff, Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA president.


Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA includes at least 11 stores and two cafes, according to the division's website. This includes the store located at 1015 Pine Log Road.


“Goodwill's primary concern is our community, the people we serve, and our shoppers and donors. We are consistently evaluating, monitoring and protecting our data systems and if a compromise were to be identified, we will take all appropriate action to inform our community, our stakeholders and the appropriate authorities,” Stiff said via a release.


For more information, visit www.goodwillworks.org or call 706-650-5760.


Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the arts and entertainment reporter.