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"Whole Foods Market recently received information regarding unauthorised access of payment card information used at certain venues, such as taprooms and full table-service restaurants located within some stores".

A number of stores belonging to the health-focused American supermarket chain Whole Foods have had their card payment processing systems hacked.

Whole Foods did not specify when it's systems were initially breached or the duration. Others are in Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston Salem, Burlington and Asheville.

Bad news for Whole Foods growler-station regulars: Your personal data may have fallen into hackers' hands.

Whole Foods has 449 stores in the United States, more than 40 of which sells beer on tap.

This is just the latest in what seems like a hurricane season of cyber crimes.

But the company does state that the systems that were hit do not connect to Amazon.com, which recently acquired Whole Foods for nearly $14 billion. It's unclear how many restaurants Whole Foods has.

The grocery chain, which was acquired by Amazon in August, didn't specify how many cardholders might be affected by the breach.

Hackers targeted "point of sale systems" - or the machines where customers swipe or insert their cards - in order to steal the data, according to the press release.

Whole Foods Market store in Sacramento, California.

The in-store taprooms and restaurants use a different payment gateway than Whole Foods checkout. Amazon didn't respond to requests for comment. The online retailer hasn't marketed the goods much, nor made the bulk of them available beyond users of its Fresh and Pantry services, Mr. Rigby said.

Whole Foods says it is investigating the hack.


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