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Hannaford Bros. supermarkets hit by data thieves


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Hannaford Bros. supermarkets hit by data thieves

Hannaford Bros. supermarkets hit by data thieves

A security breach at an East Coast supermarket chain exposed 4.2 million credit and debit card numbers and led to 1,800 cases of fraud, the Hannaford Bros. grocery chain announced Monday.

Hannaford said credit and debit card numbers were stolen during the card authorization process and about 4.2 million unique account numbers were exposed.

The breach affected all of its 165 stores in the Northeast, 106 Sweetbay stores in Florida and a smaller number of independent groceries that sell Hannaford products.

The company is aware of about 1,800 cases of fraud reported so far relating to the breach.

Ronald Hodge, president and CEO of the Maine-based company, said it has "taken aggressive steps to augment our network security capabilities" since unusual credit card activity came to light on Feb. 27.

The Massachusetts Bankers Association said Monday that about one-third of its 200 member banks have been contacted by Visa and MasterCard, alerting them that some of the credit and debit cards the banks issued could be at risk.

The bankers association said the breach reportedly occurred from Dec. 7 to March 10.

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and now the class action suits start! The only people who win in class action cases are the lawyers. They'll get millions while the consumer gets a 50 cent coupon and higher prices.

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Though I've shopped at Hannafords my bank said that my number wasn't one of the compromised numbers! Still doesn't make me feel like my money is safe.

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