• Whole Foods says payment cards hacked in Bellevue, Bellingham stores

    By: KIRO 7 News Staff

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    Whole Foods Market said it now knows which stores in Washington had payment information hacked at some of the grocer’s in-store bars and restaurants.

    Customers who paid at the Bellevue and Bellingham locations may be affected by the breach.

    The data breach was announced on Sept. 28 but the stores affected were not known until Wednesday.

    The data breach only affects point of sale terminals at taprooms and full table-service restaurants located in the stores.

    Payment cards used at the primary store checkout systems were not affected.

    Whole Foods posted a statement on its website saying the company "recently received information regarding unauthorized access of payment card information" and that it was investigating with help of a leading cyber security firm.

    Scroll down to read the full statement from Whole Foods.


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    "Whole Foods Market recently received information regarding unauthorized access of payment card information used at certain venues such as taprooms and full table-service restaurants located within some stores. These venues use a different point of sale system than the company’s primary store checkout systems, and payment cards used at the primary store checkout systems were not affected. When Whole Foods Market learned of this, the company launched an investigation, obtained the help of a leading cyber security forensics firm, contacted law enforcement, and is taking appropriate measures to address the issue."

    "The company’s investigation is ongoing and it will provide additional updates as it learns more. 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."

    "The Amazon.com systems do not connect to these systems at Whole Foods Market. Transactions on Amazon.com have not been impacted."

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