Whole Foods Market on Thursday disclosed that some of its point-of-sale terminals had been hacked, resulting in the theft of customer data, including credit details. Whole Foods, one of the USA’s most popular grocery chains was acquired by Amazon.com Inc., recently.
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 company said in a statement, explaining that those who shopped for groceries were likely not affected.
Whole Foods said “our investigation is ongoing and we will provide additional updates as we learn more”. While most Whole Foods Market stores do not have these taprooms and restaurants, Whole Foods Market encourages its customers to closely monitor their payment card statements and report any unauthorized charges to the issuing bank. The Amazon clarified that Amazon.com systems are not connected to the Whole Foods Market systems and Transactions on Amazon.com have not been impacted.
The company further said they are taking help of a leading cyber security forensics firm, contacted law enforcement and they are going to take appropriate measures to address the issue.