WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – On Wednesday, Aug. 14, Hy-Vee released information that the company is making customers aware of an investigation the company is conducting into a “security incident” involving its payment processing systems.
The investigation is focusing on transactions at some Hy-Vee fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops and restaurants. The company wanted to make customers aware of the measures it has taken and steps customers may consider as well.
“Hy-Vee takes the security of payment card data very seriously,” the release states. “After recently detecting unauthorized activity on some of our payment processing systems, we immediately began an investigation with the help of leading cybersecurity firms. We also notified federal law enforcement and the payment card networks.
“We believe the actions we have taken have stopped the unauthorized activity on our payment processing systems. Our investigation is focused on card transactions at our fuel pumps, drive-thru coffee shops, and restaurants (which include our Market Grilles, Market Grille Expresses and the Wahlburgers locations that Hy-Vee owns and operates).
“These locations have different point-of-sale systems than those located at our grocery stores, drugstores and inside our convenience stores, which utilize point-to-point encryption technology for processing payment card transactions. This encryption technology protects card data by making it unreadable. Based on our preliminary investigation, we believe payment card transactions that were swiped or inserted on these systems, which are utilized at our front-end checkout lanes, pharmacies, customer service counters, wine and spirits locations, floral departments, clinics and all other food service areas, as well as transactions processed through Aisles Online, are not involved.
“Because the investigation is in its earliest stages, we do not have any additional details to provide at this time. We will provide notification to our customers as we get further clarity about the specific timeframes and locations that may have been involved.”
Hy-Vee suggests that customers closely monitor your payment card statements for any unauthorized activity. If an unauthorized charge is seen, immediately notify the financial institution that issued the card because cardholders are not generally responsible for unauthorized charges reported in a timely manner. The phone number to call is typically located on the back of the payment card.
For more information, please visit www.hy-vee.com/protectingourcustomers.