Whole Foods Pwned….. Credit Card Data Swiped

The pwnage continues with Amazon owned Whole Foods getting pwned by hackers. Apparently the hackers managed to swipe credit card data. Here’s the really bad news…. They had no clue until someone else told them about the pwnage:

Whole Foods Market recently received information regarding unauthorized access of payment card information used at certain venues such as taprooms and full table-service restaurants located within some 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. When Whole Foods Market learned of this, the company launched an investigation, obtained the help of a leading cyber security forensics firm, contacted law enforcement, and is taking appropriate measures to address the issue.

Let me translate above because I’ve been to a Whole Foods store once when my wife dragged me there. Taprooms are a pub by another name which sounds really fancy so that you can spend some cash. So if you’ve eaten at one of these places, you better keep an eye on your credit and debit cards. If you shopped in their stores to buy expensive hoity toity food, you should be fine. Apparently, even though they’re owned by Amazon, there systems aren’t connected so those on Amazon need not worry.

I’d love to understand why it seems that Whole Foods was asleep at the switch to such a degree that someone not working for Whole Foods had to tell them about it. Perhaps someone on Capitol Hill would care to organize a public flogging hearing to find out?


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