Whole Foods investigates credit card hack

Whole Foods investigates credit card hack

Whole Foods investigates credit card hack

Those venues used a different point of sale system than the company's primary checkout system, Whole Foods said. Others are in Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston Salem, Burlington and Asheville.

The Whole Foods breach is the latest in a long line of hack attacks that have targeted organizations that collect payment card data, especially including numerous hotels and restaurants (see Trump Hotels Suffers Another Payment Card Breach).

Whole Foods did not say which of its 470 stores were affected, and a spokeswoman declined to answer any questions.

The retailer has already brought in a "leading cyber security forensics firm" to help with an investigation.

Amazon and Whole Foods executives have said they planned to institute more discount offers in the months to come. Whole Foods says it plans to provide updates throughout the investigation. The deal, finalized in August for $13.7 billion, now pits Amazon.com directly against such supermarket giants as Wal-Mart Stores, Kroger and Costco Wholesale.

Not divulged were details of how many customers were affected, when the first instance took place, or when exactly the company became aware.

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Major corporations that have faced large data breaches in recent years include Yahoo, Verizon, Walmart, Anthem, Myspace and LinkedIn.

"A proven method from the earlier Wendy's breach was the use of stolen remote access credentials from a service provider being used to deploy malware on store payment systems", Moore said.

World Foods has said that the stores impacted have restaurants on site and because of this an alternate checkout system.

Whole Foods couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

Another way to purchase Whole Foods is directly through Amazon, so online customers should also watch out for any potential credit card information being hacked.

Wendy's said in July that point of sale systems at more than 1,000 of its US restaurants were targeted by hackers, compromising an unknown number of credit and debit cards.

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