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Credit Cards May Have Been Hacked at Acme Supermarkets

Acme in Manasquan (Photo: Loopnet)

Acme in Manasquan (Photo: Loopnet)

The parent company of supermarket chain Acme announced Monday that its credit card processing systems have been hacked.

The criminal intrusion into the company’s network may have affected shoppers at Acme stores in New Jersey and several other states between Aug. 27 through Sept. 21, according to a statement from AB Acquisition LLC, the parent company of Acme and Albertson’s supermarkets.

Locally, the company operates Acme supermarkets in Manasquan, Freehold and Long Beach Island. In mid-August, the company announced a separate security breach.

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“The new malware may have captured account numbers, expiration date, other numerical information and/or the cardholder’s name,” the statement from the company said. “At this time there has not been a determination that any payment card data was in fact stolen as a result of either incident. Measures have been taken to prevent further use of this new and different malware in the affected store locations. We are also implementing additional measures to enhance the protection of customer payment card data.”

Stores in some other states, including Florida, were not impacted, the statement said.

The company said it has notified federal authorities of the latest incident and that it has hired third party forensic investigators to look into both breaches.

AB Acquisition said it will extend 12 months of complimentary consumer identity protection services through AllClear ID to customers whose payment cards may have been affected by this second attempt. Customers who may have been affected are being urged to visit or call 1-855-865-4449.