Whole Foods Confirms Data Breach
Whole Foods confirmed that an unauthorized party gained access to the payment card system of some of its taprooms and restaurants. The company reports its primary store transaction system was not accessed, as those work on a different point-of-sale system than the affected venues.
The grocery store chain, which was purchased by Amazon in August, assured customers that transactions from Amazon.com were not affected by the breach.
Whole Foods has reported the matter to law enforcement and launched an investigation.
“When Whole Foods Market learned of this, the company launched an investigation, obtained the help of a leading cyber security forensics firm, contacted law enforcement, and is taking appropriate measures to address the issue,” the company wrote on its webpage.
The company is encouraging shoppers to monitor their payment card statements and check for unauthorized activity.
While the company has not revealed how many locations were affected, there are more than 40 stores that have taprooms.
Earlier this week, restaurant chain Sonic also reported a breach of its point-of-sale systems at some of its 3,500 U.S. locations.