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Schnucks breach will likely cost millions
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2013 01:27:04 -0500 (CDT)


By Georgina Gustin
April 6, 2013

Book stores. Banks. Even data security companies. They’ve all become recent targets of increasingly sophisticated, determined — some say talented — hacker gangs.

The “Friendliest Stores in Town” appear to be among their latest.

Last month, Schnuck Markets Inc. confirmed it had been hacked and was investigating a breach that led to customer credit and debit cards getting fraudulently charged. The number of compromised cards is likely in the tens of thousands, experts say.

Immediately, the Maryland Heights-based company was lambasted for failing to report the breach sooner, and, more importantly consumers said, for not explicitly telling shoppers to stop using their cards while it worked to fix the problem. Loyal Schnucks shoppers said they’d migrate to competitors. They wanted an apology, which they say did not come soon enough or adequately.

On March 30, two weeks after it detected the attack, Schnucks released a statement, saying it had “found and contained” the breach. When pressed for details that would explain how the breach was located and fixed, the company would not provide any.


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