Supervalu investigating possible data breach

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Minnesota grocery distributor Supervalu is reporting a “criminal intrusion” into part of its credit and debit card payment network from late June into mid-July may have meant some customers’ information was stolen.

No Pittsburgh-area stores supplied by the company were affected, according to a list of 180 stores posted online this morning.

Supervalu, which operates a wholesale distribution warehouse in New Stanton, supplies Shop ‘n Save, Save-A-Lot and Foodland stores in this region, among others.

The company’s announcement said the breach could have meant account numbers were taken, in addition to expiration dates and cardholders’ names, from cards used at some checkout systems.

“The company has not determined that any such cardholder data was in fact stolen by the intruder, and it has no evidence of any misuse of any such data, but is making this announcement out of an abundance of caution,” the Supervalu notice said.

A list of affected stores showed locations in Maryland, Virginia, Illinois, Missouri, Minnesota, North Carolina and North Dakota. Those stores carried names such as Farm Fresh, Cub Foods, Hornbacher’s and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy.

Although Shop ‘n Save stores in Missouri were included on the list, those in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio and New York were not.

“Supervalu currently believes that the intrusion did not affect any of its owned or licensed Save-A-Lot stores or any of the independent grocery stores supplied by the company through its independent business network other than the franchised Cub Foods stores [listed].” the announcement said.

The company said the breach may have occurred between June 22 and July 17, but it believes the intrusion has been stopped. Federal law enforcement authorities have been notified.

For more information, check the company’s website.

Teresa F. Lindeman: or at 412-263-2018. First Published August 15, 2014 12:00 AM

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