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SuperValu Food Stores Reports Network Intrusion

The company is investigating whether data was breached, but it is already offering customers identity theft protection.

SuperValu Inc. has discovered an intrusion into the network that processes transactions at its food and liquor stores across the US. The company has not yet determined whether attackers obtained any cardholder data. So far, it has found no evidence of misuse of such data.

Nevertheless, SuperValu is already offering customers one year of free identity theft protection. The company has also notified law enforcement officials and the credit card brands.

The intrusion occurred between June 22 and July 17. It may have resulted in the theft of credit card account data used in the point-of-sale systems of 180 SuperValu retail stores -- which include Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher's, Shop 'n Save, and Shoppers Food and Pharmacy. It may also affect food store and pharmacy brands that SuperValu recently sold, because SuperValu still provides IT services to them. Those brands include Albertsons, Acme, Jewel-Osco, Shaw's, Star Market, Osco, and Sav-on.

SuperValu has set up a dedicated call center to answer customers' questions about the incident. Customers may call (855) 731-6018 for more.