Just when you thought it was safe to pull out the credit cards again, we get hit in the bread basket! After having a little time to digest Target's massive data breach in which personal information of over 70 million customers was stolen – we get hacked at the grocery store.
SUPERVALU, one of the largest US grocery wholesalers and retailers, said on Friday (7/15/2014) that it may have suffered a criminal computer intrusion at some of its owned and franchised stores in Minnesota, Virginia, Illinois, Maryland and Missouri. Hackers accessed a network that processes store transactions.
Account numbers, expiration dates, cardholders’ names and other information may have been stolen, the company said. The company said it has not determined conclusively that any cardholder data was stolen and currently it has no evidence of any misuse of any such data, but is making this announcement out of an abundance of caution.
SUPERVALU believes that the credit cards involved were used during the period of June 22 through July 17, 2014. When the intrusion was recognized, the Company took immediate steps to secure the affected part of its network. An investigation supported by third-party data forensics experts is on-going to understand the nature and scope of the incident. SUPERVALU believes the intrusion has been contained and is confident that its customers can safely use their credit and debit cards in its stores
Due to data processing relationships SUPERVALU had with other grocery chains, brands such as Albertsons, Jewel-Osco and others issued their own information about the breach. Other grocery bands affected are: Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Shop ‘n Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy. The information released by Albertsons greatly increased the number of states involved. According the company, Albertsons stores in Southern California, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and Southern Utah were impacted. In addition, ACME Markets in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey; Jewel-Osco stores in Iowa, Illinois and Indiana; and Shaw’s and Star Markets stores in Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Rhode Island were all impacted by this incident.
This is just another report in a long list of high and low profile data losses to occur so far in 2014. A quick trip to Google lists Neiman Marcus and Goodwill sharing the honors of data loss. There's also eBay, Domino’s Pizza, StubHub, P.F. Chang’s, Michaels and Sally Beauty Supply.
If all this retail data loss isn't enough – now reports are stating China based hackers have stolen data on about 4.5 million patients from a major US hospital operator. The hackers apparently used sophisticated malware to gain access to the patient records. There was no credit card information available to the hackers but they did gain access to patient names, addresses, birthdates, telephone and Social Security numbers.