Whole Foods says hackers gained access to customers' credit card information

Primary store checkout systems not affected: The breach was limited to cards used at taprooms, full table-service restaurants and other in-store venues, Whole Foods said. The company is unsure of exactly how many stores were affected of the security breach; however, the primary checkout systems were not affected.

On Thursday Whole Foods publicly revealed that a data breach had potentially compromised its customers' credit card details.

There are four Whole Foods stores in Utah.

"The company's investigation is ongoing and it will provide additional updates as it learns more", Whole Foods said in a statement.

This is just the latest in what seems like a hurricane season of cyber crimes.

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Amazon completed $500,000 in online sales in the first week after it started offering Whole Foods' "365 Everyday Value" products, according to the One Click Retail e-commerce data analytics firm that focuses on the site's transactions.

The breach comes after Amazon last month completed its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods.

The retailer says that it was recently alerted to unauthorized access of payment card information at certain stores. But a day later, we still know nothing about which customers, or how many of them, may have been affected. In an increasingly challenged market, being seen as the grocery store of the elite was bad for business.

Equifax's CEO announced his retirement earlier this week following the serious data breach which revealed up to 400,000 United Kingdom citizens' personal information and millions of U.S. customers' details. Amazon didn't respond to requests for comment.

Whole Foods is declining to say how many stores or customers have been impacted.

  • Darren Santiago