Whole Foods Market said it has resolved its customer payment hacking incident
The Austin-based grocer this past weekend said that there was no longer a threat to some of its payment systems.
Whole Foods first reported the incident on Sept. 28, saying then that customer payment information could have been compromised at some of its “venues” that include tap rooms and restaurants found within some stores.
After conducting an investigation, Whole Foods said it has replaced the payment systems that were at risk, with those systems being separate from the payment systems used in the grocer’s primary checkout systems.
“The investigation determined that unauthorized software was present on the point of sale system at certain venues,” Whole Foods said in a written statement. “The software copied payment card information— which could have included payment card account number, card expiration date, internal verification code, and cardholder name.”
Whole Foods, which is now owned by Amazon, said the online retailer’s payment systems were not affected. The grocer learned of the incident on Sept. 23. It said customer payment info was at risk between March 10 and Sept. 28.
Whole Foods did not say how many customers were affected by the hack. It has provided a search engine where customers can see which stores were affected and advised customers to report any fraudulent charges to their banks.
Most of Whole Foods’ more than 460 stores do not have in-store bars and restaurants. The ones that do are usually inside or near larger cities.
“Whole Foods Market apologizes to customers for any inconvenience or concern this may have caused,” the grocer also said in a written statement.
After sexual harassment accusations, diversity among Amazon’s executive team is being scrutinized
A week after Roy Price, former head of Amazon Studios, was publicly accused of sexual harassment, the company sent its first communication to concerned employees on Friday, saying it was reviewing its policies to make sure Amazon is a harassment-free workplace.
The slow response by Amazon to the harassment allegations of Price, who resigned last week, has been reportedly scrutinized among the public and Amazon employees.
Some are saying the company’s lack of diversity among its executive team is at play, with there being only one woman among Amazon’s 18 top executives.
A lawyer for Isa Dick Hackett, the Hollywood producer behind the accusations, said Amazon has previously investigated the incident involving price, which occured in 2015, but did not do anything about it.
Amazon has not said much publicly since the accusations went public.
A drone-flying space is launching in New York
The Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, a public-private coalition in New York, is creating a 50-mile drone-flying space in upstate New York.
The coalition is studying how a network of drones could operate in a future where the technology could be used for services such as food delivery and farming.
The space, which has partially been funded by a $30 million state grant, will be located on farmland at the Griffiss International Airport.
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