Grocery Store Data Breach

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hannaford's is a big-chain grocery store here in the Northeast. Looks like Hannaford shoppers are the newest victims of another big store data breach.

A security breach at an East Coast supermarket chain exposed 4.2 million credit and debit card numbers and led to 1,800 cases of fraud, the Hannaford Bros. grocery chain announced Monday.

Hannaford said credit and debit card numbers were stolen during the card authorization process and about 4.2 million unique account numbers were exposed.

The breach affected all of its 165 stores in the Northeast, 106 Sweetbay stores in Florida and a smaller number of independent groceries that sell Hannaford products.

Details are sparse, as the current laws protect banks at the expense of the consumers. Bad news. I have used my cards at my local Hannaford's. Watch your credit card statements if you've shopped here. :(

4 remarks
JenLo said...

We had to get new cards because of the TJ Maxx breach last year and it was a BIG pain.

9:43 PM  
Mrs Mecomber said...

I checked with my local bank. so, far one of my cards is included. :( I don't care about getting a new card, it's the constant monitoring, the stress of having my info in crooks' hands, and the resentment that these breaches occur in the first place. Grrr.

10:06 PM  
Mrs.W said...

Oh my gosh! Thanks for this heads-up-I had not heard about this. (I live in a bubble.) I shop at H in NH very occasionally, but we'll be checking our bank statement to be on the safe side! *eek*

Another good reason to shop with cash.

8:30 AM  
Mrs Mecomber said...

I was surprised that my local bank could look up my account number and tell me if I am affected. I only have... three accounts to change. :(

9:56 AM  

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