Whole Foods Admits Data Breach

30 September, 2017, 01:39 | Author: Darnell Patrick
  • Whole Foods' restaurants, taprooms hit by credit card data hack

"Whole Foods Market recently received information regarding unauthorised access of payment card information used at certain venues such as taprooms and full table-service restaurants located within some stores", the firm said in a statement.

Credit cards used at those systems were not affected, and the company said it was taking "appropriate measures" to address the security issue.

"Even though Whole Foods may not in themselves ring bells, when the email arrives their association with Amazon may be the big draw here".

Whole Foods has been in Western New York for only about two weeks, but now the major grocery chain is reporting it has been hacked.


Whole Foods did not specify when it's systems were initially breached or the duration. However, it noted that most of its locations don't have taprooms or restaurants.

In June, in a move that shocked the $800 billion supermarket industry, Amazon.com announced that it would be buying Whole Foods. Not much is known about the possible breach at this time, aside from the fact that it affects payment cards. Amazon didn't respond to requests for comment. In an increasingly challenged market, being seen as the grocery store of the elite was bad for business. The company said in May that "most, but not all" of its restaurants may have been involved in a credit-card theft scheme carried out by hackers who installed malware on cash registers.

Equifax's CEO announced his retirement earlier this week following the serious data breach which revealed up to 400,000 United Kingdom citizens' personal information and millions of USA customers' details. The company has promised to update customers with more information in the future.

It isn't known how many credit card users may have been affected, as Whole Foods is investigating the details of the matter as they come in.

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