Whole Foods hit by credit card data hack at several stores

Alicia Cross
September 30, 2017

Whole Foods, the upmarket U.S. supermarket chain recently acquired by Amazon, has admitted to a point-of-sale data breach compromising customers' credit and debit card details.

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

Amazon recently purchased Whole Foods.

If you shop at Whole Foods Market, you may want to check your statements carefully for unusual activity.

"One reason the merger came about is Whole Foods was in a trap, and I couldn't quite figure how to get out of that trap", Mackey said, according to the industry news siteFood Business News.

This took place at its locations that house taprooms and full restaurants. It has more than 87,000 employees, 13 stores in Canada and nine in the United Kingdom, and had $15.7 billion in sales in 2016.

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In an official statement, the company notes it's brought in a "leading cyber security forensics firm" to investigate, and has also contacted law enforcement.

The grocery chain, which was acquired by Amazon in August, didn't specify how many cardholders might be affected by the breach. The company says not all customers are affected, however.

Whole Foods Market store in Sacramento, California. The breach only affected in-store taprooms and restaurants payment systems.

It also clarified that the in-store taprooms and restaurants use different payment systems than Whole Foods check-out counters.

Whole Foods couldn't be immediately reached for comment. This story will be updated as more information is made available.

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