Credit Card Breach Hits Major Supermarket Chains

Credit Card Breach Hits Major Supermarket Chains

August 18, 2014         Written By John H. Oldshue

Last Friday, some of the country’s most popular supermarkets, including Albertson’s, Jewel-Osco and SuperValu, reported they experienced data breaches over the summer.

Hackers have apparently broken into the debit and credit card payment networks of the stores under the AB Acquisitions LLC umbrella. This also includes Acme, Shaw’s Supermarket, Star Market, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Shop ‘N Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy.

At this time, these chains do not know the full extent of the damage from the hack. SuperValu reported that an individual broke into the computer network that processes credit card payments, but they are not sure what information the hacker has accessed.

SuperValu said the hack affected 228 of its stores. Reports indicate the hack also hit every Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw”s and Star Market. Albertson’s is estimating that more than 700 of its locations were impacted in Idaho, Montana, Southern California, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Wyoming, Southern Utah and Washington.

SuperValu and Albertson’s use the same technology to process their payments.

If you shop at any of these chains, carefully examine your credit card account and report any unauthorized charges immediately.

The information contained within this article was accurate as of August 18, 2014. For up-to-date
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