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Whole Foods Probing Hack of Taprooms and Restaurants

 

Amazon.com Inc. acquired Whole Foods Market just a month ago and, on Thursday, Whole Foods Market has disclosed that few of their POS terminals were hacked due to which data of customers like credit details were stolen. The release has revealed that payment card information in some venues was accessed without any authorization.

 

It was not made clear about how many outlets of Whole Foods are affected by this hack, but the company did told that the hack of their systems only affects its taprooms, the areas where it sells the alcoholic beverages on the tap, as well as its restaurants. Siliconangle.com posted on September 28th, 2017, stating that both run on diverse systems to the Whole Food's retail grocery POS terminals, which has not been affected by hack, and neither of the systems are connected to systems of Amazon.com in any manner.

 

Steve Moore, Chief Security Strategist and VP of Exabeam Inc. told SiliconANGLE that even though the manner in which criminal gained access of POS network is not known, these type of attacks normally have a method. Whole Foods said that systems of Amazon.com do not connect to affected systems of Whole Foods, and also transactions of Amazon.com are not involved. Over 40 stores of Whole Foods sell beer on the tap. The company didn't immediately mention the number of restaurants present in its stores.

 

According to the statement "the investigation by the company is in process and it will provide extra updates as it learns more. While most Whole Foods Market stores do not have these restaurants and taprooms, Whole Foods Market encourages its customers to strictly check their statements of payment card and report about any illegitimate charges to the issuing bank."

 

Whole Foods said that it had hired "a leading cyber security forensics firm", contacted law enforcement and was taking other steps.

 

The news came just after a day when fast food drive-in chain Sonic reported about a breach of its own - seemingly leaving customer credit cards for sale on the dark web - and as millions of consumers are still trying to understand how they might have been affected by the latest disclosed breach at credit bureau Equifax.

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