Argh! I live by my debit card. I don’t even bother going to the ATM most weeks. Driver carries no cash. So this stuff scares the Jeebus out of me. Clearly, three things need to happen here: data loss prevention at the enterprise side, best practices employed at the store level, and ID theft management for the consumer. The crooks just keep getting smarter, and I just keep craving Yodels. Damn those are creamy cakey goodness. Because I’m old and can’t risk putting on unshakable extra pounds, I’ll keep eating my stupid whole wheat bread and low-fat yogurt. But I won’t like it, gosh darnit.
East Coast data breach exposes 4.2 million accounts, causes 1,800 known cases of fraud
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.
The company is aware of about 1,800 cases of fraud reported so far relating to the breach.
No personal data such as names, addresses or telephone numbers were divulged – just account numbers.
Hannaford became aware of the breach Feb. 27. Investigators later discovered that the data breach began on Dec. 7; it wasn’t contained until March 10, said Carol Eleazer, Hannaford’s vice president of marketing in Scarborough. (WTF?!?)
“We have taken aggressive steps to augment our network security capabilities,” Hannaford president and CEO Ronald C. Hodge said in a statement released Monday. “Hannaford doesn’t collect, know or keep any personally identifiable customer information from transactions.”
The company urged its customers to monitor their credit and debit cards for unusual transactions and report any problems to authorities.