There’s Another Possible Payment Data Breach At Natural Grocers

Apparently, natural foods stores are ready to compete with the big grocery chains. No, not on price–Natural Grocers, a small chain of about 93 stores in 15 states that’s based in Colorado has decided to compete with the big chains by possibly having a payment data breach of its very own. This is not the kind of corporate milestone that a growing chain would celebrate.

Natural Grocers is currently investigating reports that there may have been a breach of customer payment data from its stores. It’s a now-familiar pattern: banks notice fraud on their customers’ cards, then go back and find which businesses all of those customers have visited recently. Right now, compromised cards appear to have transactions at Natural Grocers in common.

If you think that they’re a little late to the party, since 2014 was really the year of the point-of-sale breach, don’t worry–banking sources told Brain Krebs that what appears to be a breach began at the end of 2014, with baddies planting malware on the chain’s systems.

In a statement, the company said that if any information was compromised, it was only credit and debit card numbers, not names, addresses, PINs, or CVVs. They were already upgrading their point-of-sale systems, and they’ve “accelerated” that process because of these reports from banks.

Natural Grocers Investigating Card Breach [Krebs On Security]