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Amazon owned Whole Foods investigates card data breach

Amazon owned Whole Foods investigates card data breach

Whole Foods is facing a credit-card security breach. Amazon recently lowered its prices on "a selection of best-selling" Whole Foods products and announced that Prime will soon become the grocery chain's customer rewards programs.

According to a Whole Foods statement, hackers targeted the company's 'point of sale systems, ' the devices customers use to swipe their credit cards, in an attempt to steal personal information. We won't know more until Whole Foods progresses in its own investigation; how long that may take isn't known.

Whole Foods has been quick to disclose information about systems it says were definitely not compromised; for instance, it said the apparent breach did not impact Amazon, which acquired the supermarket chain last month. However, it noted that most of its locations don't have taprooms or restaurants.

'When Whole Foods Market learned of this, the company launched an investigation, obtained the help of a leading cyber security forensics firm, contacted law enforcement, and is taking appropriate measures to address the issue'.

If you shop at Whole Foods Market, you may want to check your statements carefully for unusual activity. In an increasingly challenged market, being seen as the grocery store of the elite was bad for business. Affected restaurants aren't those in a store's upstairs food court - think like The Roof at Brooklyn's Gowanus location, or the Kogi that Roy Choi opened a year ago in an L.A. Whole Foods.

Segmentation has always been highlighted by security experts as being a best practice to help organizations limit the damage they face in the event that they get breached (see 5 Secrets to Security Success). None of the stores have taprooms or dining services. Amazon didn't respond to requests for comment.

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