Supervalu becomes latest to suffer from data breach
NEW YORK -- A data breach at Supervalu may have impacted as many as 200 of its grocery and liquor stores, but officials do not believe its Save-A-Lot stores were affected.
Hackers accessed a network that processes Supervalu transactions, with account numbers, expiration dates, card holder names and other information possibly stolen, the company said.
The breach occurred between June 22 and July 17, according to Supervalu, which said it took immediate steps to secure that portion of its network.
The cards from which data may have been stolen were used at 180 Supervalu stores and liquor stores run under the Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher's, Shop 'n Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy names. Data may also have been stolen from 29 franchised Cub Foods stores and liquor stores. Those stores in North Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Virginia, North Carolina, Maryland and Missouri.
Supervalu also owns the Save-A-Lot chain, with several locations in the Tri-State, but officials do not believe the intrusion any of its owned or licensed Save-A-Lot stores or any of the independent grocery stores supplied by the company through its Independent Business network.
"The safety of our customers' personal information is a top priority for us," said President and CEO Sam Duncan. "The intrusion was identified by our internal team, it was quickly contained, and we have had no evidence of any misuse of any customer data. I regret any inconvenience that this may cause our customers but want to assure them that it is safe to shop in our stores."
Supervalu has also created a call center to help answer customer questions about the data breach and the identity protection services being offered. The call center can be reached at (855) 731-6018. Customers may also visit Supervalu's website under the Consumer Security Advisory section to get more information about the data breach and the identity protection services.
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