Whole Foods breached by hackers

Whole Foods Hackers

Whole Foods is far from the first company to be targeted by POS hacking, with Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. Others are in Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston Salem, Burlington and Asheville.

Whole Foods announced yesterday it has been a victim of a hack affecting customers' credit cards. Affected restaurants aren't those in a store's upstairs food court - think like The Roof at Brooklyn's Gowanus location, or the Kogi that Roy Choi opened a year ago in an L.A. Whole Foods.

The Amazon-owned grocery chain said it's working with a cybersecurity forensics firm and law enforcement to investigate who is behind the attack.

This is just the latest in what seems like a hurricane season of cyber crimes. It's unclear how many restaurants Whole Foods has. Whole Foods says it plans to provide updates throughout the investigation.

Amazon and Whole Foods executives have said they planned to institute more discount offers in the months to come.

The retailer says that it was recently alerted to unauthorized access of payment card information at certain stores. In an increasingly challenged market, being seen as the grocery store of the elite was bad for business. None of the stores have taprooms or dining services.

If you have used a bank card at a taproom or restaurant inside of a Whole Foods market, you should keep an eye on your bank account for any signs of misuse.

Whole Foods couldn't be immediately reached for comment.

The investigation is still underway and not much else is known, including when the hack started and what information was stolen.

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