A high-profile data breach and payment card information reported on Amazon-owned grocery chain.
Hackers were able to gain unauthorized access to their customers who made purchases around 500 stores in the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada.
The company said it recently received information about unauthorized access to the payment card systems and that it has launched an investigation, hired a cybersecurity forensic firm and alerted law enforcement to the issue.
The company is encouraging their customers to report if there are any unauthorized charges to the issuing bank.
As per the statement was given by the company, none of the affected systems being investigated are connected to amazon.com system.
Amazon.com, INC AMZN 0.52%’s newly acquired Whole Foods Market just became the latest victim of the cybercrime offensive that’s also hit shops like Target Corp TGT 0.17% and Home Depot Inc HD 0.74% recently.
“When Whole Foods Market learned of this, the company launched an investigation, obtained the help of a leading cybersecurity forensics firm, contacted law enforcement, and is taking appropriate measures to address the issue” – Statement given by Whole Foods
The company did not disclose details about the targeted locations or the total number of customers affected by the breach, but it did mention that hackers targeted some of its point-of-sale (POS) terminals in an attempt to steal customer data, including credit details.
Security experts say that the apparent inability of Whole Foods’ hackers to jump from point-of-sale systems in its taprooms and restaurants to other systems running under the same roof – such as POS terminals in grocery checkout aisles and building climate controls – suggests that Whole Foods Market was running segmented networks.