Hy-Vee Looking Into Payment Security Breach

By Jason Van Arkel, August 15, 2019

Hy-Vee is investigating a security incident that may have affected some customers’ payment information.

The grocery store chain says it detected what it calls “unauthorized activity” in payments made at Hy-Vee fuel pumps, drive-through coffee shops and Hy-Vee operated restaurants. Those restaurants include the Hy-Vee Market Grill, Market Grill Express and Wahlburgers.  Hy-Vee has notified federal officials, as well as cybersecurity firms and the payment card networks. They think their response to the situation has stopped the unauthorized activity.

Hy-Vee officials also say the payment systems used for Hy-Vee grocery stores, drug stores and online sales are separate and are not involved in the potential security breach. The company declined to offer any further details, but said the investigation is in its early stages, and it will release more information when they figure out “the specific timeframes and locations that may have been involved.”

Hy-Vee also says it’s always a good idea for people to monitor their own statements for unauthorized activity, and to immediately notify your financial institution if you discover an unauthorized charge.


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