Cyber Expert: Credit Card Breach Not Schnucks Fault

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — As banks count their losses and dozens of St. Louis-area customers deal with the aftermath, a local cyber-security expert says we shouldn’t necessarily blame Schnucks, for the credit card fraud that’s hit the grocery store chain.

Twitter Security Engineer Charlie Miller says all it takes is one hacker to get into a database once to send credit card information to criminals all around the world.

“All they have to do is get in one time and they can steal a bunch of credit cards,” said Miller.

Miller says that while Schnucks does work to protect their customers, their main focus is their business and providing products for you to buy. “For the attackers, their main business is breaking into computers, so they spend all their energies and focus on that.”

It still isn’t clear how the security breach occurred.

Miller says it’s possible the hackers got the numbers from readers in individual stores, but it’s much more likely they hacked the database.

Schnucks Markets Inc. has said in three written statements that it is cooperating with investigators and has hired an outside forensics firm to get to the bottom of what happened.


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