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Regional indpendent Bashas' Family of Stores was the victim of a cyber attack by what it called "highly sophisticated criminals who gained access to parts of our systems to capture payment information." The grocer said it's cooperating with federal law enforcement officials to undergo a thorough and exhaustive investigation.
Bashas said it is and has been compliant with all Payment Card Industry (PCI) security requirements, but recently located and removed a highly-sophisticated piece of malware that has never been seen before in the industry. "The malware has been identified and contained, and Bashas' is working with forensic specialists and federal law enforcement officials in their investigation to find those responsible," said Kristy Jozwiak, Bashas' director of communications and public affairs.
"We’ve also installed additional security measures beyond what is required by the industry to our point of sale and enterprise systems to further protect our customers’ information from such attacks in the future," she continued. "We have fielded some calls about this issue from customers in limited geographic locations. However, we are strongly encouraging all of our customers to closely monitor their debit and credit card transactions and to report any unusual activity."
The advisory was sent to every Bashas store, where it will be posted on every register.