Whole Foods' restaurants, taprooms hit by credit card data hack

Whole Foods' restaurants, taprooms hit by credit card data hack

It has been made clear that Amazon was not impacted by the breach as it does not have any direct connections to the affected systems.

Both are said to run on different systems to Whole Food's retail grocery POS terminals, which were not affected by the hack, and none of the systems are in any way connected to Amazon.com systems.

The upscale grocer, which Amazon recently purchased for $13.7 billion, said it uses a different point-of-sale system for its roughly 450 USA stores.

"Whole Foods Market recently received information regarding unauthorised access of payment card information used at certain venues such as taprooms and full table-service restaurants located within some stores", the firm said in a statement.

But the company says it has contacted police and is using a top cyber-security forensics firm.

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Equifax's CEO announced his retirement earlier this week following the serious data breach which revealed up to 400,000 United Kingdom citizens' personal information and millions of U.S. customers' details.

Equifax lost 143 million customer data records in May and added it had suffered a similar leak back in March.

Fast-food chains Chipotle, Wendy's and Sonic were also hit with in the previous year or so, showing the scale and sophistication of computer criminals in the digital age.

'While most Whole Foods Market stores do not have these taprooms and restaurants, Whole Foods Market encourages its customers to closely monitor their payment card statements and report any unauthorized charges to the issuing bank'.

Whole Foods is far from the first company to be targeted by POS hacking, with Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc.

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