Supervalu becomes latest data breach victim

Supervalu (NYSE:SVU) is the latest retailer to experience a data breach, announcing today that cybercriminals had accessed payment card transactions at some of its stores.

The Minneapolis-based company said it had "experienced a criminal intrusion" into the portion of its computer network that processes credit and debit card payments for some of its stores. There was no confirmation that any cardholder data was in fact stolen and no evidence that the data was misused, according to the company.

The event occurred between June 22 and July 17 at 180 Supervalu stores and stand-alone liquor stores. Affected banners include Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher's, Shop 'n Save and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy.

The company believes that the intrusion did not affect any of Supervalu's owned or licensed Save-A-Lot stores, or any of the independent grocery stores supplied by the company through its Independent Business network—other than the franchised Cub Foods.   

Some stores owned and operated by Albertson's and New Albertson's, including Jewel-Osco stores, suffered a related data breach.   

Supervalu said it took immediate steps to secure the affected part of its network. An investigation supported by third-party data forensics experts is ongoing as efforts to understand the nature and scope of the incident persist. Supervalu believes the intrusion has been contained.

"The safety of our customers' personal information is a top priority for us," said President and CEO Sam Duncan.  "The intrusion was identified by our internal team, it was quickly contained, and we have had no evidence of any misuse of any customer data."

For more:
-See this SuperValu statement

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