Hy-Vee’s Wahlburgers, Coffee Shops Targeted in Data Breach


Iowa-based supermarket Hy-Vee revealed it is investigating a payment card data  breach.

According to a statement, Hy-Vee is investigating a “security incident” involving its payment processing systems at its drive-thru coffee shops, restaurants that include Market Grilles, Market Grille Expresses and the Wahlburgers locations, and fuel pumps.  

Hy-Vee recently detected unauthorized activity on some of its payment processing systems and immediately began an investigation with the help of cybersecurity firms. Federal law enforcement and the payment card networks were notified. "We believe the actions we have taken have stopped the unauthorized activity on our payment processing systems," said Hy-Vee.

“These locations have different point-of-sale systems than those located at our grocery stores, drugstores and inside our convenience stores, which utilize point-to-point encryption technology for processing payment card transactions,” according to the statement.  Hy-Vee believes the retail POS was not breached.

The number of affected credit cards is unknown at this time. “Because the investigation is in its earliest stages, we do not have any additional details to provide at this time. We will provide notification to our customers as we get further clarity about the specific timeframes and locations that may have been involved,” read the statement.

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