Whole Foods Joins List of Chains Hit by PoS Security Breach

Published By : 29 Sep 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Whole Food Market disclosed on Thursday a security breach that may have given hackers access to thousands of customer accounts. The breach occurred at some taprooms and restaurants that come within the Whole Foods network but use different point of sale systems than the standard systems set by Whole Foods Network. The taprooms and restaurants also aren’t connected to Amazon.com’s systems, which recently acquired Whole Foods Network but declined to comment on the data breach. Whole Foods Network declined to note how many customers had been affected by the breach but cyber security experts state based on previous instances of such security breaches that thousands of customers may have been affected.

Point of Sale Systems the Target in Growing Instances of Security Breach in Outlets

A rising number of retail and other outlets have faced security concerns in recent months, with the Whole Foods Network issue following similar concerns in Sonic, the drive-in restaurant chain, Wendy’s, and Chipotle’s. The target for hackers in all these cases was the point of sale system, where the customers would enter their card for payment. This represents the most obvious point for hackers to target, but repeated failure on the part of retail chains to safeguard such key nodes could become a concern in the near future.

Wendy’s announced in July that more than 1,000 of its U.S. restaurants were affected by security concerns regarding the point of sale unit. Chipotle, which was hit by similar problems in March and April, revealed in May that malware installed on cash registers could have compromised the safety of the points of sale. These breaches point to a more worrying trend, as the customers whose credit card numbers were stolen face not only economic problems but also the risk of identity theft.

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