Only a few weeks removed, Albertsons and Supervalu have been struck by another data breach affecting credit cards and putting customer data at risk.
Both companies revealed on Monday night that they had discovered malware on their card processing systems, which they believe was installed in late August or early September.
More than a dozen states have been affected with a slew of data lifted from Albertsons in the process, including names, account numbers, and card expiration dates. However, Supervalu insists only four Cub Foods stores in Minnesota have been affected by this particular breach.
The breach could affect Albertsons stores in California, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming; Acme Markets stores in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; Jewel-Osco stores in Illinois, Indiana and Iowa; and Shaw’s and Star Markets stores in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. The Boise, Idaho-based company has a total of 1,081 stores.
The companies provide check out technologies to other grocery chains so the implications could also be rather far reaching. Both grocery chains say that they have notified authorities and an investigation is approaching.
This is the second data breach to impact Albertsons and Supervalu, the first being last month when 180 stores were affected putting customer financial data at risk.
Albertsons and Supervalu have not provided any further comment at this time.