A massive data breach has been suffered by Jewel-Osco through which information of millions of customers may have been exposed.
A spokeswoman of the parent company of Jewel-Osco, AB Acquisitions, said that as of now, it hasn’t been determined as to any card data has been stolen. There is no evidence that the data of any customers has been stolen or the data of customers being misused. The investigation continues. This hack may have started somewhere around 22nd of June and may have ended around 17th of July.
On the basis of the information that was revealed, Acme stores in New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania, Jewel-Osco stores in Indiana, Illinois and Iowa, and Star and Shaw’s Markets stores in Rhode, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine were affected.
The Chief Information Officer and Senior Vice President at AB Acquisitions, Mark Bates, said that they are aware of customers being concerned about the security of the payment gateway or the credit card data and that they are working hard for protecting it. As soon as this incident was notified, they started working closely with Supervalu for determining what happened.
Supervalu Inc. is the former owner of Jewel-Osco and the payment technology in question is handled by it. The company says that it is working with Jewel Osco on this problem. Even the stores of Supervalu were affected, although no evidence of data misuse was seen.
In response to this breach, customers are being offered 1 year of free identity theft protection. Various security concerns are raised by the fact that the data breach has been just discovered.
If someone’s data is stolen then they could have known it quickly. However, in spite of these concerns, it is believed that data breach is contained and the cards can be used in stores again.