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Stop & Shop Reports Credit Data Stolen / Card Readers Reveal

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Wed, 21 Feb 2007 20:54:19 -0500

Stop & Shop reports credit data was stolen
Card readers reveal tampering

By Peter J. Howe, Globe Staff | February 19, 2007

SEEKONK -- With help from US Secret Service agents, Stop & Shop
Supermarket Cos. executives scrambled yesterday to determine how many
consumers may have had their credit and debit card data stolen by
high-tech thieves who apparently broke into checkout-line card readers
and planted the equivalent of bugs to steal information.

Stop & Shop said customer information, including personal
identification codes for cards, was confirmed stolen from supermarkets
in Coventry and Cranston, R.I. The company said it had found evidence
that card readers were tampered with in a similar way at four other
stores in Seekonk and in Bristol, Providence, and Warwick, R.I. But
the supermarket company said it had no reports of illegal transactions
on cards that had been used at those stores.

After being notified by a bank last week that its Coventry and
Cranston stores appeared to be the common link to a number of stolen
card numbers, Quincy-based Stop & Shop has bolted down card readers at
all 385 of its supermarkets in New England, New York, and New Jersey,
company spokesman Robert Keane said yesterday.

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