Bashas’ stores were recently targeted by highly sophisticated criminals who gained access to parts of the store’s system to gain payment information. Card information for customers who have shopped at Bashas’, Food City or AJ’s Fine Foods could be at risk.

“We are cooperating with federal law enforcement officials to undergo a thorough and exhaustive investigation,” said Kristy Jozwiak, director of communications and public affairs for Bashas’ Family of Stores. “Bashas’ is and has been compliant with all Payment Card Industry (PCI) security requirements. However, we recently located and removed a highly-sophisticated piece of malware that has never been seen before in the industry. The malware has been identified and contained, and we are working with forensic specialists and federal law enforcement officials in their investigation to find those responsible.

“We’ve also installed additional security measures (beyond what is required by the industry) to our point of sale and enterprise systems to further protect our customers’ information from such attacks in the future.

“We are strongly encouraging all of our customers to closely monitor their debit and credit card transactions and to report any unusual activity.”

If customers have any additional questions, they can contact the Customer Service Department at (480) 883-6131.

Briefs compiled by staff and wire reports

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