One of the biggest US retail chains, Albertsons have announced that their computer systems have been hacked. Albertsons and their subsidiary SuperValu have been subject to a raid by hackers who were seeking credit card data. Both companies have acknowledged that their computers have been intruded in statements released on Thursday.
The hackers had started the raid on June 22 and continued till July 17. It is not clear if the hackers were able to obtain Credit Card data. The intrusion has been nullified according to the company and consumers can make purchases with their debit and credit card at the stores without any fear.
The raid by the hackers at Albertsons also reminds of an earlier intrusion which was suffered by retail chain Target. Target had revealed that its computers were subjected to a raid by hackers from November 27 to December 15 last year and 40 million bank accounts or credit cards had been compromised.
Both Albertson’s and SuperValu are one of the nation’s most popular supermarket chains and they have become a victim in a long list of raid by hackers.The massive hack also impacts an umbrella of stores which are related to Albertsons also. The subsidiaries which have been affected includes Albertson’s Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and Star Market supermarkets, as well as SuperValu’s Cub Foods, Hornbacher’s, Farm Fresh, Shop ‘N Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy.
Having said that, the extent of the damage is still not clear nor have the grocery chains revealed how many customers have been affected. If the hackers have indeed been able to steal data it would have included typical information stored on a credit card’s magnetic stripe: your name, card number, expiration date and the three-digit security code.
According to SuperValu, the break in could have affected credit cards swiped at 228 stores between June 22 and July 17. Albertson’s have not given the details of how many of its 1060 stores have been affected.
Both SuperValu and Albertson’s use the same technology system and it is unclear which store or stores was hit first.