Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Hannaford Security Breach Affects 4.2 Million Credit and Debit Cards

The authorities are investigating the theft of credit- and debit- card numbers from supermarkets in six states - including the state of Maine.Hannaford Brothers supermarkets announced the problem on Monday. Over 4 million card numbers were exposed during the security data breach that lasted over three months. Hannaford does not associate addresses or names with its credit card numbers so it is not able to notify those who whose credit card numbers have been compromised.

Read some of the news reports about this security breach:
"Credit, debit data stolen", Portland Press Herald, March 18, 2008.
"Security breach puts Hannaford customers at risk", Sun Journal, March 18, 2008.
"Additional information about the Hannaford security breach", Bangor Daily News, 2008.
"Supermarket Chains Hit By Data Theft", PC World, March 18, 2008.

Statements from Hannaford Supermarket:
"Credit Card Security", Hannaford Supermarkets News, Letter from President and CEO Ron Hodge. Customer Questions and Recommended Steps.

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