Whole Foods Warns Shoppers of a Data Breach

Sep 30, 2017, 01:41
Whole Foods Warns Shoppers of a Data Breach

Whole Foods underlined that cards used in its stores were not affected by the hack.

So, if you have only purchased groceries from Whole Foods, your payment card information should not be at risk due to this breach. Others are in Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston Salem, Burlington and Asheville.

Earlier this week, Sonic, the drive-in burger chain, suffered a credit card data breach, too.

There are four Whole Foods stores in Utah. That said, the company notes that it is working with "a leading cybersecurity forensics firm" as well as law enforcement to figure out exactly how this all went down.

This took place at its locations that house taprooms and full restaurants.

The popular grocery chain, which was gobbled up by Amazon just a couple of months back, has revealed that an unidentified party managed to access its payment system... sort of. Transactions on Amazon.com weren't part of the hack.

Rep. Diana DeGette of Colorado, a frequent and vocal proponent of post-breach consumer protection, told Gizmodo on Friday that Whole Foods must expedite its disclosure process if it means to help customers protect themselves from potential fraud.

It has been made clear that Amazon was not impacted by the breach as it does not have any direct connections to the affected systems.

Whole Foods said its investigation is "ongoing", and promised to provide updates as it learns more. (NASDAQ:AMZN), has announced a data breach.

The point of sale system used for the taprooms and restaurants is separate from the one used for the rest of the store.

The in-store taprooms and restaurants use a different payment gateway than Whole Foods checkout.

Whole Foods couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

"Every single piece of our data that makes its way onto a criminals list or into a database, of our most precious, private data, is another attack vector for a malicious actor", said Mark James, a security specialist at ESET.