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Natural Grocers investigating data breach

Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage said it was investigating a security breach targeting credit-card readers at its stores.

The Lakewood, Colo.-based retailer said it has partnered with third-party data security experts to contain an “unauthorized intrusion targeting limited customer payment card data.”

The company said Sunday that it had received no reports of any fraudulent use of payment cards from any customer, credit card brand or financial institution. “In addition, there is no evidence that PIN numbers or card verification codes were accessed. Finally, no personally identifiable information, such as names, addresses or Social Security numbers, was involved, as the company does not collect that data as part of its payment processing system.”


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The company said it was accelerating plans to upgrade the point-of-sale system in all 93 of its store locations with a new PCI-compliant system that includes point-to-point encryption and new pin pads that accept “chip and PIN” cards. 

Natural Grocers said it would provide additional updates as its investigation continues.

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