Albertsons, Baker Boyer warn of data breach

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WALLA WALLA — Albertsons customers should keep an eye on their debit and credit statements after a data breach was discovered at stores in nine states, including Washington and Oregon, officials say.

Boise-based AB Acquisition LLC, which operates Albertsons, has said an “unlawful intrusion” was made to obtain credit and debit card payment information in some of its stores.

The breach is believed to have taken place between June 22 and July 17.

According to media reports, it affected 180 SuperValu stores, plus Albertsons and New Albertsons chains.

Affected chains were in Southern California, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming and Southern Utah.

The company is offering affected customers a year of free consumer identity protection services. However, the company has thus far had no evidence that cardholder data was stolen or that there’s yet been any misuse of data.

Even so, the breach has prompted banks to take action.

Baker Boyer Bank said Thursday names and card numbers of 1,300 of its credit and debit customers were compromised.

Baker Boyer President Mark Kajita said affected customers will be notified via email or mail, and new cards will be issued.