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Banks and consumers are still smarting from the data breach suffered at Hannaford Bros. from December 2007 to March of this year. In the latest developments, two Vermont banks and one New Hampshire institution reportedly said they plan to replace credit cards for customers whose data was stolen.
The Vermont State Employees Credit Union said last week it is re-issuing credit cards to its affected customers because it had detected at least 60 cases of fraudulent card activity on affected customer's accounts, according to reports in the local press.
Chittenden Bank in Colchester, Vt. Reportedly plans to replace approximately 15,000 ATM cards after the bank canceled the cards’ ability to be used for credit purchases. Until Chittenden customers receive the new cards, they will be able to use their cards only for debit transactions.
Ocean National Bank in New Hampshire said it will replace ATM/debit cards for all 7,000 of its customers that were affected by the Hannaford breach.
The breach, which took place between Dec. 7 and March 10, affected all 165 Hannaford stores, as well as 106 Sweetbay Supermarket stores in Florida, a sister Delhaize chain; and certain independent operators that sell Hannaford items.
At least 1,800 cases of fraud have come to light as a result of the breach, which was caused by malware secretly installed on its servers.