Customer payment card data, including account numbers, expiration dates and other information may have been accessed after a reported Supervalu data breach in 2014. A company press release indicated that the data incident may have affected customers who shopped at over 200 retail stores, stand-alone liquor stores and franchised stores across the United States from June to July 2014. Individuals who were potentially affected by the breach may be able to seek compensation with the help of a data breach lawsuit attorney.
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Hundreds of Stores Potentially Affected by Supervalu Data Breach
In a news release published on August 15, 2014, Supervalu Inc. announced a possible breach of customer payment card data at some of the company’s retail stores and stand-alone liquor stores listed at the company’s website. According to the announcement, the company believes that criminals hacked into the computer network that processes the payment card data of its customers, possibly resulting in the theft of account numbers, and in some cases, the expiration date, other numerical information and/or the cardholder’s name. At the time of the company’s announcement, they had not determined whether any cardholder data was in fact stolen by the hacker and had no evidence of any misuse of any such data.
The company believes that payment cards used from June 22 to July 17, 2014 at 180 Supervalu-owned retail stores, stand-alone liquor stores, and franchisee stores nationwide as well as 29 franchised Cub Foods stores may have been affected by the criminal intrusion. After learning of the intrusion, Supervalu Inc. reportedly took steps to secure the affected portions of its network. Supervalu hired third-party forensics experts to support an investigation into the possible scope of the breach, and notified both federal law enforcement and the major payment card brands involved in the breach.
Report: Potential Albertsons Data Breach at Grocery Stores in Over 20 States
Albertsons also announced that payment card data of customers who shopped at Albertson’s, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s and Star Markets was potentially compromised by a data breach. The payment card data of customers who shopped at 836 AB Acquisitions-owned stores in California, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island may have been affected.
Press Release: Discovery of Malware Leads to Investigation After Separate Intrusion
On September 29, 2014, Supervalu and Albertsons collectively announced that a second data breach took place in late August 2014 or early September 2014. According to a company news release, hackers are believed to have installed different malware in the portion of Supervalu’s computer network that processes payment card transactions at some of its Shop ’n Save, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy and Cub Foods owned and franchised stores, including some of its associated stand-alone liquor stores.
As a result of the reported data breach, the company notified federal law enforcement as well as the major payment card brands associated with the incident. After the initial breach in June/July 2014, the company had reportedly “taken measures to install enhanced protective technology” and “continues to take actions to implement further security enhancements” to protect its stores and customers from possible data incidents in the future.
Consumers Affected by a Supervalu Data Breach or Albertsons Data Breach May Be Entitled to Compensation
Data breaches can potentially lead to a number of complications for those affected, including the loss of personal, financial or health information. When financial information is hacked, victims might be required to pay fees for monitoring their credit to ensure their credit score isn’t negatively impacted from the violation. In some cases, data breach victims may need to make sure they don’t become a victim of identity theft and may also have to pay to receive a credit report to check on fraudulent charges.
Victims of data breaches may be entitled to receive compensation for any personal information that may have been compromised, and the responsible party may be liable for financial losses resulting from a data breach. Affected consumers should seek legal counsel from a Supervalu data breach lawsuit attorney to get more information about their rights and remedies.
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