Hannaford grocery chain has massive security breach

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Hannaford grocery chain has massive security breach

Post by The Masked Marauder » Tue Mar 18, 2008 4:40 pm

Breach Exposes 4.2M Credit, Debit Cards

A security breach at an East Coast supermarket chain exposed more than 4 million 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 card numbers were exposed, placing the case among the largest data breaches ever.

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.

http://biz.yahoo.com/ap/080317/retail_data_breach.html

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Post by rick752 » Tue Mar 18, 2008 8:52 pm

I saw this yesterday. Thank god we shop there and just write checks. :roll:
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Post by The Masked Marauder » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:15 pm

The benefits of paying with cash: it's anonymous and secure.

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Post by chewey » Wed Mar 19, 2008 12:54 am

You could get mugged ;-)

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Post by The Masked Marauder » Wed Mar 19, 2008 2:36 am

In that case, they'd get my credit and debit cards anyway. But I'd know that the theft happened and cancel them a.s.a.p., instead of finding out 3 months later (has Hannaford notified the affected customers or just made a general announcement?). Carrying cash has its risks, too, but the scope of the loss is much more limited.

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Post by The Masked Marauder » Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:39 pm

Looks like somebody wasn't spending enough time on system security:

Malware to blame in supermarket data breach
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9905991-7.html

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Post by rick752 » Sun Mar 30, 2008 6:53 pm

That's why I am so leary about using any electronic cash transactions ... but it almost HAS to be done one way or another. :(
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Post by IceDogg » Sun Mar 30, 2008 11:30 pm

Except with cash ;) I know what your saying though.. but there is ways. lol

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Post by rick752 » Mon Mar 31, 2008 12:09 am

Unfortunately, you have to submit personal info for different things every now and then. Even if you do everything in person and non-electronically ... someone else will put it on a computer. There is no safety :(
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Post by IceDogg » Mon Mar 31, 2008 2:23 am

Good point and correct. I tell my parents this with paying bills online.. all the bank stuff is online anyway, even if they don't use online services at all.

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