Data Breach Strikes Arizona Grocery Store Chain
Another high-profile data breach has made the news. This time the target was the Arizona-based grocery store chain Bashas', which has reported that cybercriminals stole sensitive customer data in an attack on the company’s databases that, although only recently discovered, apparently originated in mid-2012. As a result of this breach, payment cards associated with hundreds of Bashas’ customers have been used illegally in several states and even overseas—and the list of victims could easily expand in the future.
Patrons of the Bashas' family of stores, a chain of over 130 establishments that include Food City and AJ’s Fine Foods, are being urged to monitor their debit and credit accounts for fraudulent activity. An official statement from Bashas’ reveals that its databases were compromised by a “highly sophisticated piece of malware that has never been seen before in the industry.” This episode underscores the need for retailers to ensure that their data security measures can keep pace with the ever-increasing resourcefulness of hackers. As criminals become more sophisticated, so too must the tools that are utilized to combat them. For that reason, Element Payment Services remains committed to supplying our merchant clients with up-to-date PCI-compliant payment processing solutions.