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Hackers hit two huge supermarket chains

Hackers hit two huge supermarket chains
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Albertson's and Supervalu shoppers beware. The two companies discovered malware installed on their payment processing system that could have put your credit card information at risk. It's the latest in an ongoing string of cyberthefts that's keeping shoppers on edge.

This isn't the first time both of these stores have been hit by hackers this year. In June and July, cybercriminals accessed one of the store's payment processors and stole customer credit card information.

The companies also disclosed a data breach in August. They said the two incidents are separate. Supervalu said that incident may have affected as many as 200 grocery and liquor stores. It said hackers accessed a network that processes Supervalu transactions, with account numbers, expiration dates, card holder names and other information.

This time around, the companies discovered malware installed on payment processing networks that could have stolen account numbers, card expiration dates and the names of cardholders. Hacks at both grocery chains seem to coincide because Supervalu continues to operate information technology services for Albertsons after selling the chain in 2013.

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