Whole Foods Market said on Thursday that it was investigating “unauthorized access of payment card information” at some of its venues, making it the latest major US retailer to be targeted by hackers seeking consumer credit card information.
The upscale grocer, which was acquired by Amazon for $13.7bn last month, said it has recently received information regarding a possible breach into the payment system used at the bars and restaurants that it operates at some of its 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,” it said in a brief statement.
“The Amazon.com systems do not connect to these systems at Whole Foods Market,” it added. “Transactions on Amazon.com have not been impacted.”
Whole Foods did not give a figure on the number of accounts that could be affected, saying only that the bulk of its stores do not have taprooms or restaurants.
It said the investigation was ongoing and that it has obtained the help of a leading cyber security forensics firm, contacted law enforcement, and is taking appropriate measures to address the issue.