National data breach impacting Shaw’s, Star Markets in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A national data breach is impacting supermarkets in Rhode Island, the stores’ controlling company announced Friday.

AB Acquisition LLC, which operates several supermarket chains including Shaw’s and Star Markets, announced it recently learned of an “unlawful intrusion to obtain credit and debit card payment information in some of its stores.” The data breach, the company said, impacted stores in more than a dozen states across the country.

Included in the impacted stores were Shaw’s and Star Markets in Rhode Island.

The company said in a release that it believes the intrusion has been contained, and customers should be able to safely use their credit and debit cards in the stores.

“We know our customers are concerned about the security of their payment card data, and we work hard to protect it,” said Mark Bates, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer at AB Acquisition LLC. “As soon as we were notified of the incident, we began working closely with SUPERVALU to determine what happened. It’s important to note that there is no evidence at this point that consumer data has been misused.”

SUPERVALU, according to the release, the a third-party IT services provider that works with AB Acquisition LLC.

AB Acquisition LLC said it is offering customers whose payment cards may have been affected 12 months of complimentary consumer identity protection services through AllClear ID.

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