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Whole Foods says hackers tried to steal data from credit-card swiping machines

Whole Foods says hackers tried to steal data from credit-card swiping machines

09/29/2017

By Chris Perez

And the hacks just keep on coming.

Whole Foods, one of the country's most popular grocery chains, is facing a credit card security breach involving its taprooms, restaurants and other in-store venues.

The company released a statement Thursday saying hackers had targeted "point of sale systems" -- which are the machines that customers use to swipe or insert their cards -- in the attempt to steal data.

"Whole Foods Market recently received information regarding unauthorized access of payment card information used at certain venues such as taprooms and full table-service restaurants located within some stores," the statement said, explaining that those who shopped for groceries were likely not affected.

"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."

Thursday's announcement makes Whole Foods, which was recently acquired by Amazon (AMZN) , the latest big name to suffer a cybersecurity breach this year -- following hacks at Equifax (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/hackers-roamed-equifaxs-system-for-4-months-before-being-discovered-2017-09-20)(EFX) , the SEC, Wendy's (WEN) and Chipotle (CMG) , among others.

Read:SEC staff forced to tell chairman about hack when stolen data used by inside trader (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sec-staff-forced-to-tell-chairman-about-hack-when-stolen-data-used-by-inside-trader-2017-09-25)

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