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Cyberattack causes potential credit card breach at Bettendorf Schnucks


BETTENDORF, Iowa – KWQC has learned that a cyberattack affecting Schnucks stores in Missouri may also affect the store on Middle Road in Bettendorf.

Schnucks spokesperson Lori Willis says the company has received one complaint of a credit card breach from a customer at the Middle Road store but that the complaints so far are largely centered in the St. Louis area.

"This was a serious cyberattack," Willis says.  "We don't want to unduly alarm customers at the Bettendorf store but customers should check their [payment card] receipts" for unauthorized charges if they shopped at the Middle Road Schnucks Saturday or before.

The Schnucks company website announced last Saturday that is has "found and contained" a payment card breach caused by a cyberattack.

"The computer forensic firm that Schnucks engaged found evidence of computer code that would capture the magnetic stripe data on the back of payment cards," reads the website announcement.  "Now that the issue has been identified and contained, the investigation will turn to determining for how long the issue existed and which stores were affected." 

Schnucks says it has "been told by the computer forensics expert that the security enhancements we have implemented in the last 48 hours are designed to block this attack from continuing."

Schnucks says customers "can continue to use credit and debit cards at Schnucks."  

Schnucks advises that if customers suspect their cards may have been compromised, they should immediately contact their credit or debit card company, typically a bank or credit union.

Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 100 stores and 96 in-store pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Iowa.


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